Female Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim), who has been suffering for a long time from various physical difficulties, was granted a medical leave with a possibility of it being extended.
Mohabat News has confirmed to Voice of the Persecuted that Iranian prison authorities finally granted, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian prisoner, medical leave on August 28, 2016 after weeks of rejecting her request.
The last time she was sent on a medical leave was in June, when she spent less than a week in hospital outside prison and then was forced to return to prison before completion of her treatment. Considering this past experience, there are concerns that she might be taken back to prison prior to receiving a complete treatment.
Despite prison physicians’ suggestion on sending her to a specialized hospital for treatment, prison authorities repeatedly rejected her requests for medical leave, forcing her to go on two hunger strikes. These hunger strikes took a heavy toll on her already weak body. During her hunger strike she was in such a critical condition that her mother said in a video message addressed to Iranian authorities that she “expects to hear a bad news any moment”.
Ms. Zargaran suffers from a heart condition known as atrial septal defect (ASD) and underwent heart surgery years ago.
More recently, she has been feeling numbness in her hands and feet and suffers from chronic pain in her joints and spinal column. Initial diagnosis has revealed the reason for these pains could be osteoporosis and arthritis. One of the physicians in prison has prescribed five days of physiotherapy for her, but authorities still refuse to allow her to receive treatment.
Ms. Zargaran is serving her sentence in the notorious Evin prison while she suffers from anemia, high cholesterol and diabetes. Prior to her current medical leave she was unable to receive proper treatment as the last time she was sent to hospital, she was forcibly and prematurely taken back to prison.
The hopes are that this time she will be able to receive a complete and much needed treatment before being taken back to prison to complete her four year sentence.
VOP Note: Please pray for Nasim’s full recovery. Pray she will receive the necessary ongoing treatment for her serious health conditions and will be granted permanent release from prison, which she suffers for her faith in Christ.