March 16, 2021


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman held in Iran since 2016;needs mental health treatment, according to a medical report sent by a charity to the UK government; The charity worker faces a new court hearing in Tehran on Sunday, a week after her ankle tag was removed. The report says she is suffering from major depression and PTSD

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 for membership of organizations working against the Iranian government; allegations which she has always denied. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for her permanent release so she can return home to her husband and young daughter in the UK.

Long road to recovery for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

She may have spared her parents the details, but Zaghari-Ratcliffe reported to the doctors that she felt constant sadness, had suicidal thoughts; and suffered other manifestations of extreme anxiety – including trembling, tingling, and hot and cold sweats. Concern that lumps in her breasts could be cancerous have contributed to her anxiety. And she also has continuing neurological and muscular-skeleton problems; as a result of prolonged confinement; according to the report, The doctors say it is “possible that the positions in which she was handcuffed for extended periods led to nerve and joint injury” in her right hand.

And even once she is safely home in the UK with her family; the report makes clear that there will be a long road to recovery; She will need medication as well as psychotherapy and treatment for her physical symptoms. “Nazanin’s healing can be only provided in the UK in the presence of her family after reunification,” it concludes. “In order to recover, she needs to be in a safe and non-threatening environment.”

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