Another Manus Island death under Scott Morrison’s Care
A 24 year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Kehazaei, who was urgently medivacced from Manus Island to Brisbane last Wednesday has been declared ‘brain dead’.
By the time Hamid was medivacced to Brisbane, he was suffering septicemia, from an infection spreading from a cut foot, and went directly into intensive care in the Mater hospital.
He had sought medical attention for days on Manus Island for the pain and the infection.
A couple of days ago he suffered a heart attack. Yesterday the Immigration Department told his family that Hamid was confirmed as ‘brain dead’. He remains on life support.
The hospital has told the family that a ‘guardian’ will be appointed at ‘some stage’ to decide on the withdrawal of life support.
The family has indicated that they are willing for Hamid’s organs to be donated if that is possible.
The compound where Hamid and 140 others had been living has been evacuated and closed.
“Hamid is a victim of the shocking conditions and medical neglect on Manus Island. It is inexcusable that he developed septicaemia on Manus Island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“Once again, Scott Morrison is responsible for a death on Manus Island. There are scores of infections on Manus Island, and many complaints of the lack of medical attention. Asylum seekers on Manus Island are often forced to walk through raw sewage.
“Nothing more obviously reveals Manus Island as a unhygienic hell-hole that must be closed.”