(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BRITISH ‘METRO’ NEWS AGENCY)
A British mother who is prison in Iran has collapsed while still waiting for vital hospital treatment on her neck.
Nazanin Zaghari_Ratcliffe is awaiting treatment for several out of place neck vertebrae, damage caused by months of having no bed, poor exercise and stress.
But despite the recommendations of specialists the charity worker has been still not been admitted to hospital from the country;s notorious Evin Prison for emergency treatment.
The 38-year-old, from Hampstead in London, has been in prison in Iran since April, after being arrested while visiting family in Tehran.
The dual-nationality citizen, who was on holiday with daughter Gabriella at the time, was jailed for five years after being accused of being a Western Spy despite no evidence being put forward to support the claims.
Her family have been pressing for her to receive hospital treatment that they have been told is vital.
Her husband, Richard, explained on change.org that her neck and back problems have worsened over the last few months.
‘Without urgent treatment Nazanin runs the risk of permanent impairment,’ he wrote.
‘This week she collapsed again. She had been complaining of nausea and headaches, of an increasing inability to do anything apart from lie down.
‘It seems due also to psychological strains. Nazanin reports increasing unexplained panics, suffering severe insomnia at night – waves of worries in the quietest hours, magnifying the alone.
‘During the day suddenly unable to get calm, feeling inescapable pressures.
‘Feeling the interrogators’ presence, even where they are not. That drip feed of cruelties does not magically drain away.’
Nazanin and Richard’s two -year-old daughter is also still in Iran, and is living with her grandparents in the same city her mother is imprisoned in. She is able to visit her once a week
The Foreign Office has said previously that it is prepared to bring her home, but has been able to do less in her mother’s case as Iran doesn’t recognise dual-nationality citizens.