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Abu Dhabi F1 GP: Hospitalized young people wander around the paddock and meet the drivers virtually – News

Published: Sunday, November 26, 2023, 12:07 pm

Last update: Sunday, November 26, 2023, 12:08 pm

As the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix racers prepared at the Yas Marina Circuit, young patients who were unable to attend in person had a special opportunity to immerse themselves in the excitement of the race from their hospital beds.

This unique experience was made possible by a state-of-the-art telepresence robot provided by French company Awabot, in a collaborative effort with Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Medical City and Formula 1 teams, showcasing a remarkable combination of technology, healthcare and sports. .

At Burjeel Medical City in Mohamed Bin Zayed City, children were virtually transported to the epicenter of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. They toured the paddock and chatted with F1 drivers such as Alex Albon of Williams Racing and Nico Hulkenberg of the Haas F1 Team, thanks to the advanced capabilities of the telepresence robot. They were able to control the robots remotely and create their own experience while wandering around the paddock. This technology allowed these enthusiastic young people to fulfill their career aspirations while receiving medical care.

Mansour Mohammed Alblooshi, a 10-year-old Emirati patient recovering from a car accident in the pediatric department, had a memorable encounter with the F1 drivers and team.

Mansour Mohammed Alblooshi

Mansour Mohammed Alblooshi

“Meeting my favorite runners while I was in the hospital was beyond my imagination. It was like I was there on the track with them,” Alblooshi said with visible emotion.

Another young patient commented: “I have been following Formula One for the last few years. While in the hospital, I was a little disappointed not to have been able to see the Grand Prix in person. But thanks to the hospital and the advanced technology provider, they made my day very special.”

Burjeel Medical City’s nursing community-driven initiative aimed to create a supportive and encouraging environment by providing a sense of normalcy in difficult times.

Aysha Al Mehri, Deputy CEO of Burjeel Medical City, highlighted the profound impact of this event on young patients.

“Our mission is to foster a positive and healing environment. This incredible event not only brought joy; “He played a crucial role in contributing to the overall healing process of the patients and their families.”

Jeremie Koessler, CEO of Awabot, added: “Seeing the joy on the children’s faces as they connected with the world of F1 from afar was heartwarming. “It demonstrates the ability of technology to shorten distances and bring happiness in the most unexpected ways.”

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