Wednesday, 29 August 2018

British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has panic attacks in Iran jail

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been taken to a prison clinic after passing out, her husband has said.

Richard Ratcliffe said his wife had suffered several panic attacks and low blood pressure, adding the family were "very, very worried".

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had just returned to prison after being granted a three-day release over the weekend.

She was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.

Last week Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was reunited with her family, including her four-year-old daughter Gabriella, during the temporary release.
But she voluntarily returned to prison on Sunday night "with her head held high", after being told her application for an extension had been denied.

Mr Ratcliffe said his wife had suffered several panic attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, speaking of headaches, a rash and numbness in her legs and right arm.

"I think it feels like the physical symptoms of crushing disappointment since she went back into prison," he said.

Mr Ratcliffe said the head of the prison had been "worried enough to come down and see her", and was "very surprised" that she had not been allowed to extend her furlough.

He added she was still in the clinic as far as he knew, despite reports that she had been taken to an external hospital.

BBC     News.

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