Back in prison

British woman held in Iran on spying charges loses consciousness after suffering panic attacks

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her daughter, Gabriella (Twitter)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian aid worker who has been held in Iranian prison for two-and-a-half years after she was accused of plotting to “overthrow” the country’s government, is now being held in a prison clinic after she blacked out following a series of panic attacks, according to her husband, Richard Ratcliffe.

“Nazanin had a panic attack today and yesterday, and passed out today,” he said in a statement to AFP given over email. “She was at the prison clinic, and there are various requests for her to be hospitalized, but this has not yet been approved.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was allowed to leave prison for the first time since her imprisonment on Thursday and was able to attend some celebrations for the holiday of Eid with her family. But her health reportedly deteriorated swiftly following her return to the prison on Sunday. In an interview with The Evening Standard, Ratcliffe said having to return to prison was so wrenching that “in some ways she wished she had never been allowed out” in the first place. A photo posted by supporters on Twitter showed the agonizing moment Zaghari-Ratcliffe said goodbye to her daughter as she left to return to prison.

“She had the panic attack, got taken down to the clinic and they said… she had very low blood pressure,” her husband told Britain’s Press Association. “I think it feels like the physical symptoms of crushing disappointment since she went back into prison.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe has another two-and-a-half years remaining on her sentence, for which she has at times faced solitary confinement and severe health complications as a result of her imprisonment. Her husband has previously alleged that his wife is a pawn in a diplomatic tug-of-war between the two countries over payment for a decades-old arms deal.

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