British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained by Iranian authorities since April, has finally seen a specialist for her back and neck; the neurologist has warned that without urgent treatment she could run the risk of permanent impairment.
Her husband Richard, who spoke to her for the first time in a month on Saturday, told Hampstead Highgate Express:
“She cried for the entire call. Nazanin’s fragile health this weekend has been a reminder that we must continue to campaign, that we cannot allow many more months of this to pass.
“I am grateful that Nazanin has now been seen by a specialist, and that her health concerns can be addressed as soon as possible.
“I hope that his concerns are acted upon by the Iranian authorities – and that she does indeed not suffer any permanent physical damage from this ordeal. The psychological is already more than enough.”
He also said that his wife is suffering increasingly from severe insomnia due to sudden panics and a feeling of inescapable pressure.
She told the hospital specialist about her months of poor sleeping conditions – on a stone floor with a blanket, and many months of poor food and no exercise, as well as the extreme psychological pressures – of being denied access to her young daughter, in addition to the trauma of interrogations and threats to her family.
Richard believes that these conditions have exacerbated his wife’s previous condition before she was jailed.
Their two-year-old daughter Gabriella has also had her passport confiscated and she has been staying with her Iranian grandparents.
(Source: Hampstead Highgate Express)
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