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Gabriel Yammine

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Yammine Gabriel Yammine

Gabriel and his wife Enas have followed similar paths in this world, and it’s a blessing they found each other and continue to support each other. Gabriel is from Lebanon, Enas is from Jordan. Their families moved to the United States and they both attended the University of Texas Dental School at Houston and knew of each other, but little more than that. Years later they met again at church and started a relationship that led to marriage.

They combined their efforts and opened a dental practice together with three locations, and it was during Ena’s pregnancy with their third child when Gabriel suffered a strong hemorrhagic stroke. The stroke caused paralysis on his right side, leaving him unable to move his right arm, however, he can walk with a limp on his right side.

Though he comprehends everything he has difficulty communicating and continues to go to speech therapy while staying active and assisting with the children. Enas looks forward to when he regains more of his verbal skills and plans for him to re-enter the dental office in some capacity.  She has combined the three offices into one practice and moved the family closer to her brothers and sisters for support. The three children also help keep Gabriel’s spirits up, quitting was never an option in this household!

Enas continues to work with Gabriel and get him back into his hobbies and has been successful with adaptive skiing, has an adaptive trike for bicycling, and he is able to drive an adapted car. Next on her list, is scuba diving, as Gabriel was a master diver before his stroke, and Enas an open water diver. They both dove before they were married, but not with each other. They love the fact that adaptive diving is inclusive with people of all abilities, and they look forward to enjoying this sport together. They will be learning with Instructor Jean Jones in Houston.

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