IRANIAN ASYLUM SEEKER MEDIVACCED FROM MANUS AFTER HEART ATTACK

> IRANIAN ASYLUM SEEKER MEDIVACCED FROM MANUS AFTER HEART ATTACK
>
> A 38 year-old Iranian asylum seeker has been medivacced from Manus
> Island to a Brisbane hospital this morning (Wednesday 23 March) after
> suffering a heart attack yesterday afternoon.
>
> The man suffered the heart attack, around 4pm, on a soccer field near
> the detention centre. He was given CPR by a Wilson’s guard whose
> action saved the man’s life, say other asylum seekers at the scene.
>
> The Iranian man was one of those who were injured in the attack on the
> detention centre in February 2014, which resulted in the killing of
> Reza Berati.
>
> Like others sent to Manus, he has been infected with malaria since he
> was sent there in August 2013. In June 2015, he suffered a bad malaria
> attack that required him to be transferred to Port Morseby hospital
> for treatment.
>
> He is the second asylum seeker in four weeks to be transferred from
> Manus Island because of heart problems.
>
> The medical evacuation comes just a few weeks before the start of the
> coronial inquiry into the death of Hamid Khazaie, who died in Brisbane
> from septicaemia after being medivacced from Manus Island in September
> 2014.
>
> “The sooner Manus Island is closed, the better,” said Ian Rintoul,
> spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “The emergency only
> highlights the appalling injustice inflicted on asylum seekers sent to
> Manus Island who have held in shocking conditions for more than two
> and half years.”
>
> For more information, contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713