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Health of British aid worker imprisoned in Iran said to be in serious decline

March 20, 2017

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British aid worker who was imprisoned in Iran on murky charges last year, is said to be suffering from acute weight loss, hair loss, and loss of mobility.

According to a report by The Mirror, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s health has declined to the point that she is “virtually unable to walk.” Her sister-in-law, Rebecca Jones, told the publication that Zaghari-Ratcliffe also “has problems with her left shoulder, neck and left arm.”

“She had a visit from a neurologist who wanted her to go to hospital but every prison has rejected that, though negotiations are ongoing,” Jones added.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was visiting family in Iran when she was detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. She was accused of plotting to topple the Iranian government — the specific charges have not been made public — and sentenced to five years in the country’s notorious Evin prison. She was initially held in solitary confinement, but has since been moved to a general ward.

 Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s 2-year-old daughter Gabriela was with her at the time of her arrest. The child is currently being cared for by her grandparents in Tehran. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, had criticized the British government for failing to publicly condemn his wife’s imprisonment. “It is clear there are other agendas in the relationship the Foreign Office has with Iran,” he said, according to The Independent.

Read the full story at The Mirror.


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