Iranian Human Rights Defender was Denied Urgent Medical Attention

Iranian Human Rights Defender was Denied Urgent Medical Attention

Published by on October 22, 2018

Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Arash Sadeghi is critically ill in an Iranian prison. The 38-year-old shopkeeper has a rare form of bone cancer and was operated on just over a month ago.

His doctor has advised a very strict protocol so that Mr. Sadeghi could receive adequate care and treatment. The doctor said that the patient must remain in hospital for at least 25 days after the operation because of the high risk of infection or other complications that could arrive after the surgery.

The surgery was complicated, involving the removal of a bone tumour and the collection of a number of bone samples.

However, the post-surgical treatment that Mr. Sadeghi received was inhumane. Instead of being monitored in hospital for more than three weeks on the recommendation of the doctor, he was taken by authorities back to prison after only three days.

Furthermore, once the surgery had finished, the authorities denied him the opportunity to stay in the recovery room as per protocol, and they handcuffed and shackled him. Regime agents also prevented doctors from getting close to Mr. Sadeghi meaning they could not adequately carry out the frequent post-surgery examinations he required.

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