Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Israeli prison dentist blinds Palestinian; family calls for his release

Date: 01 / 04 / 2009 Time: 19:29
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Jenin - Ma'an - The family of 29-year-old Mohamad Tawfiq Ghawadreh, who lost his sight after being infected with an un-sanitized needle while in an Israeli prison, is concerned about Mohammed’s deteriorating condition and is calling for Abbas to intervene.

Mohammed was suffering from tooth aches and oral-abscesses and was treated by a prison dentist, who injected him with an infected syringe. The virus he was infected with travelled to his eyes and left him blind in the left eye.

There is currently a concern that the infection will travel to his right eye as well, leaving him totally blind.

The family noted that prison officials noticed his degrading condition and transferred him to the Ar-Ramleh Hospital but his health has not improved. The family has been prevented from visiting Mohammed since he was removed to hospital. They have sent an appeal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to pressure Israel for his release.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was detained in the 2004 after being tracked for several years accused of affiliation to Al-Aqsa brigades and he has three brothers and they are also detained. The first Muhammad detained for lifetime and sayel detained for 5 years and Walid detained for 12 years and he has another two brothers but they were released.