Atena Daemi, Civil Activist, Is Denied of MRI, Despite Possibly Suffering MS

Atena Daemi, Civil Activist, Is Denied of MRI, Despite Possibly Suffering MS

Published by on March 5, 2019

Civil activist prisoner Atena Daemi has been denied medical treatment despite possibly suffering from MS.

In line with the cruel and inhumane behaviour towards civil activist and political prisoners in Iran, Evin Prison authorities prevented the transfer of Atena Daemi for medical tests and medical care.

Atena Daemi has long been suffering from persistent dizziness, headaches and numbness in her right eye. The medical physician in Qarchak Prison had requested MRI test for her in May 2018, suggesting that she probably is suffering from MS.

Daemi has not been transferred to the hospital for these tests and examinations since 10 months ago when a doctor in Gharchak Prison determined that she needs to see a specialist.

Also, the judicial supervisor at Evin prison has not accepted her family’s visit request for a long time, and they have not been able to get permission to transfer Atena to a hospital.

Daemi’s diagnosis has remained unclear because she is not being allowed to undergo medical tests.
In addition to numbness and severe beaches, Atena is also suffering from high blood pressure, kidney stones and gallbladder problems caused by hunger strikes.

Daemi, 31, has been behind bars in Iran since November 2016, serving a seven-year prison sentence for meeting the families of political prisoners, criticizing the Iranian regime on Facebook, and condemning Iran’s 1988 mass executions of political prisoners.


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