17/02/14: UPDATE: Sick prisoner Ibrahim Bitar critically ill

The family of sick prisoner Ibrahim Bitar are in fear for his life. Ibrahim, from Khan Younis, was transferred by prison authorities to Soroka hospital after his condition rapidly declined. Ibrahim’s brother, Mamdouh Bitar, said that Ibrahim had undergone tests two weeks ago and they had been informed that he now only has one functioning kidney.

Ibrahim’s family confirmed that prior to his arrest in 2003, 33 year old Ibrahim had not suffered any ill health other than an injury to his eye inflicted by the Israeli Army. Since his arrest he has undergone surgery to remove a tumor on his lower back, which from the resulting medical neglect by Israeli Apartheid authorities, has meant Ibrahim has been suffering for the last 10 years in prison. Like the tumor in his back, the medical neglect of his original injury to his eye has now caused problems with both eyes and he is in constant pain.

In recent months Ibrahim’s condition has rapidly declined. Israeli Apartheid prison authorities have ignored and indeed exacerbated Ibrahim’s medical condition. He now has severe infections in his intestines, which have been ongoing for the last 2 years. This has resulted in acute inflammation, anemia and blood infections. With the latest news that he is now surviving on only one functional kidney his family are in fear for is life.

Head of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, Qaddura Fares, urged the Red Cross and Physicians for Human Rights to intervene to save Ibrahim’s life. Qaddura and Ibrahim’s family are particularly concerned to independently verify Ibrahim’s medical condition and insure he receives proper medical treatment.

It is estimated there is anything up to 1000 sick Palestinian prisoners, 177 said to have critical conditions, being held in Apartheid Israeli prisons. Israeli authorities regularly treat conditions ranging from cancer to stomach complaints with nothing more than paracetamol. Last year alone 3 Palestinian prisoners died as a result of medical neglect. The conditions prisoners are held in also exacerbate and cause medical problems.

SFP will continue to support all prisoners, particularly sick prisoners until freedom. We kindly ask all our international friends to maintain pressure on their respective representatives to hold Apartheid Israel responsible for its war crimes, particularly the illegal imprisonment of Palestinian prisoners. Writing an email or letter to them demanding proper medical treatment and their immediate release only takes a few minutes but would mean so much to the prisoners and families such as Ibrahim’s.

أبدت عائلة الأسير المريض ابراهيم البيطار خشيتها على حياة ابنها الأسير، وأوضح أخ الأسير، ممدوح البيطار، بأن أخاه قد أجرى فحوصات طبية قبل أسبوعين في مشفى “سوروكا”، وأن الطبيبة أخبرته بأنه يعيش على كلية واحدة.

فيما أكدت عائلة الأسير بأنه، وبحسب ملفاته الطبية منذ ولادته، فإنه ولد بكليتين، ولم يسبق له أن خضع لأية عملية جراحية قبل اعتقاله، بينما خضع لعمليتي منظار وإزالة لورم أسفل الظهر أثناء الاعتقال.

وهذا وأكد رئيس نادي الأسير قدورة فارس بأن رسائل عاجلة وجهها النادي إلى منظمة الصليب الأحمر، وأطباء حقوق الإنسان، من أجل التدخل العاجل وإدخال طبيب لمعاينة الأسير والكشف عليه والتأكد من صحة ادّعاء أطباء السجون، سيما وأن الأسير المريض لم يكن يعاني من أية مشاكل في الكلى قبل اعتقاله.

ويشار إلى أن الأسير ابراهيم البيطار (33) عاماً، من خانيونس، يعاني من الإهمال في تقديم العلاج اللازم له، الأمر الذي أدى إلى تدهور خطير في حالته الصحية، حيث إن الأسير يعالج بالمستشفيات منذ 10 سنوات، أي منذ اعتقاله، ولم تتحسن حالته الصحية؛ بل على العكس تزداد سوءاً، فقد كان يعاني من مشاكل بإحدى عينيه عند الاعتقال ونتيجة للإهمال الطبي أثناء مراحل الاعتقال والتحقيق وعدم تقديم العلاج اللازم له فقد الأسير النظر بعينه.

كما أصيب بالتهابات شديدة في الأمعاء قبع على إثرها في “عيادة مستشفى الرملة” مدة عامين، ونتيجة الالتهابات الحادة أصبح الأسير يعاني من فقر بالدم والتهابات بالمفاصل بشكل مزمن، وهشاشة بالعظام بسبب الكرتوزون. وخضع قبل حوالي الشهر لعملية منظار للمعدة.

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