Following is translation of a Facebook post by Dr. Mehdi Khazali’s son, Mohamad Saleh Khazali:
It is now 3:00 am on the first day of Ramadan.
Friday night I heard that father is in dire health. I became very upset and tried very hard to get help for him.
Today (Saturday June 28), they informed us that my father has been taken to the emergency room at Imam Khomeini hospital.
Immediately we went to the hospital. When we arrived, I met with a very frail father who has lost about 18 kilos in 8 days of being on hunger strike, and whose voice could barely be heard because of a dry mouth & throat.
The doctors insisted on connecting him to an IV but he refused.
About an hour ago we received the results of his EKG. They told him, yesterday, when he stopped breathing, he had suffered a heart attack and must immediately be admitted to CCU.
As a result of not drinking water, his blood had thickened and this is the reason for the heart attack.
It was the responsibility of Rejaei Shahr prison’s infirmary to attend to him, but unfortunately their job has become attending to the executed and doing the ritual wash of the dead. They are not familiar with providing care for the ill.
My father asked me about the news coverage of his case. He said that he is doing his duty, and hopes to God that those on the outside perform their duty well.
I complained about the news coverage regarding his case and told him that the domestic sites totally censor any news about him, because they have been ordered not to publish anything about him.
But I don’t understand why the news sites outside of the country are not giving his case much coverage.
I have one thing to say: Those who doubt and question his hunger strike, please go to the emergency room at Imam Khomeini hospital and see for yourselves what being on hunger strike has done to him.
You can then see a person who until last week was mountain climbing, and now in one week’s time barely has the strength to walk.
On the first dawn of Ramadan, I ask all our friends and associated to please pray for the health and release of my father and the release of all the political prisoners and for our society to gain wisdom.
And it is only for us to deliver the Manifest Message. (Quran, Ya-Sin: 17)
Mohamad Saleh Khazali
Son of Dr. Mehdi Khazali
Sunday June 29, 2014
Dr. Mehdi Khazali was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry’s special forces on June 21, while he was on a family trip in Mazandaran (N. Iran). He was transferred to Rejaei Shahr prison and incarcerated in the death row prisoners ward. He started his hunger strike upon arrest.