The family of a Dundee man who remains in a critical condition following a serious road crash said today they were hoping for a “miracle” he pulls through.
Abdul Salam was travelling on the A90 with his four-year-old daughter, Aleena, when they were involved in a collision with a lorry.
Both remain in Ninewells Hospital after Monday’s crash, which happened just after 3pm.
Aleena is recovering well but Abdul, 40, is in a critical condition. The truck driver was uninjured.
Abdul’s family said today they were hoping for a “miracle” he survives.
Speaking from the family home in Clepington Road, Abdul’s sister, Parveen Ahmed, said there was an anxious wait to hear on her brother’s condition.
She said: “The police have not been able to give us any details yet of how it occurred. It would help the family if we knew more about the circumstances so, hopefully, we will hear more in the days to come.
“Doctors still can’t tell us what the future holds for Abi — it is a case of waiting and seeing.
“They are just keeping an eye on Aleena just now but she is doing great and should be allowed out of hospital very soon, hopefully.
“We are now hoping that they will gradually bring Abi out of sedation and then the doctors and ourselves will get more of an idea of what happens next.
“I think we are hoping for a miracle that Abi will survive this.”
Abdul’s wife, Adeela, has been spending as much time as possible at the hospital and was “staying strong and coping”.
Parveen added: “My brother is a joy and so very precious to all of us.
“We can only continue to pray that he comes through this. Obviously, like the rest of us, she is praying for the best.
“The family would like to thank all the well-wishers who have been in touch with us, including those from the mosque and the wider community for their overwhelming support and prayers.
“We would also like to thank the emergency services, the police, fire brigade and ambulance and all the medical staff at ICU in Ninewells.
“We have been humbled by all the support we have received. People from all over have contacted us and this has really helped us to cope.”
Abdul’s dad, Akhtar Ahmed, said both the Muslim community and people of all other faiths in the city had sent the family good wishes. He continued: “I came to Dundee in 1966 as a young man and our family has made a lot of friends here — they are now supporting us.”
Abdul also has two sons, Arafat, six, and 18-month old Arham.
The accident happened on the southbound A90, north of Dundee. Firefighters took more than an hour to free Abdul and Aleena.