Three-year-old Tharnicaa was reportedly unwell for days before going to hospital on Monday afternoon was flown to Perth.
The youngest daughter of the Tamil Biloela family imprisoned on Christmas Island is fighting a serious blood infection caused by untreated pneumonia, according to supporters.
Three-year-old Tharnicaa and her mother Priya Murugappan were welcomed by the Island evacuated, child suffered dangerous temperature spikes on the trip to Perth.
Her mother says the girl was sick for almost two weeks and repeated requests for early hospital care were denied.
Family supporter Angela Fredericks said, The child was diagnosed with a blood infection due to “untreated pneumonia”.
She says the child is now stable at Perth Children’s Hospital and is not in immediate danger.
“It looks like it Look like they said she had untreated pneumonia that led to a blood infection, “Fredericks said on Tuesday to AAP.
“They are still doing tests because they are still unable to get white blood cell counts where they should be. She’s hooked up to antibiotics … they’re treating the pneumonia now while looking for other sites of infection. “
Tharnicaa, three, is the youngest person in the Australian immigration detention system and one of only two children, the other is her five-year-old sister Kopika.
She has been with her sister and parents Priya and Nades Murugappan since August 2019 detained on Christmas Island after an injunction prevented her from being deported to Sri Lanka.
Family friend Bronwyn Dendle told SBS News that Tharnicaa was flown from Christmas Island to a Perth hospital on Monday afternoon after she had been since May 25. May was unwell with high temperatures, vomiting and diarrhea.
She was first rushed to hospital on the island in the early hours of Sunday morning, she said.
In a Home to Bilo campaign A group of friends and supporters who advocate for the family said that the health services on the remote island are only Panadol and Nur oven when Priya raised the alarm about her daughter’s condition.
“I am very scared and worried about my little girl,” said Priya in the statement. “She has been sick for many days, it took a long time to get to the hospital.”
Priya traveled to Perth with her daughter, but her father had to stay on the island.
“I know that Nades is very worried and very upset about everything, “said Ms. Dendle, who was in contact with the family.
The family has been in detention for more than three years. After exceeding their visa, they were picked up from their home in the small town of Biloela in Queensland on March 5, 2018 and housed in Melbourne’s Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) before they were later transferred to Christmas Island.
If she lived here in Biloela, Tharnicaa could have received timely and adequate medical care, “said Ms. Dendle.
” And now we have a case where a child is seriously ill and has been flown to a large children’s hospital will … as a mother, my heart will break to a thousand pieces watching your child be so sick. “
A family friend, Angela Fredericks, said the medical staff are still doing tests, to confirm whether the “blood infection” was sepsis.
“They started doing some tests last night, they gave them intravenous antibiotics,” she told AB on Tuesday morning C RN.
“When I spoke to you last night, they were in the emergency room, waiting.”
Kristina Keneally, the Labor Home Affairs spokeswoman who recently visited the family on Christmas Island, said she was concerned about Tharnicaa.
“A medical emergency and family separation is the last thing you need,” she said. “This family shouldn’t be imprisoned. They should be in their community in Biloela.”
“Horrible. A young child who was imprisoned for political reasons,” he said in a message posted on Twitter.
“You shouldn’t be imprisoned in the first place, let alone so far from proper medical care. They should be released into our community. Now. ”
Terrible. A young child arrested for political reasons. You shouldn’t be in detention in the first place, let alone so far away from decent medical care. They should be released into our community. Now. https://t.co/ag7A5xmVx4
In a statement Tuesday morning, the Home Office strongly denied allegations of inaction or mistreatment.
“All actions and decisions taken by the Australian Border Forces regarding medical treatment and care The minor is based on the clinical knowledge of the doctor who is still in progress, “the statement said.
” The minor was medically treated and monitored daily on Christmas Island in accordance with medical advice. This included an IHMS- Family doctor and Christmas Island Hospital. “
Home Secretary Karen Andrews said” a number of relocation options “are being considered for the family.
She said a final decision on” relocation options “has not yet been made , but ruled out that she would use her discretion as Interior Minister at this point in time to issue them with a valid visa.
“We are in the process of examining a number of relocation options in relation to a number of different circumstances here in Australia. I am currently unable to make any public comments on this as I do not want to disrupt these negotiations. “
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said decisions about the treatment of the family are made by medical professionals.
” This is a matter that is going through the legal process they have initiated and there are currently some medical issues facing the family
“And they will continue to receive all medical care and that care and where it is treated will continue to be determined by doctors, by the health care professionals who advise us on these matters.”
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In 2019, four of Tharnicaa’s teeth were surgically removed due to severe tooth decay, which proponents believe was caused by a lack of fresh food and vitamin D deficiency caused by life imprisonment.
A Home Office spokesman confirmed that a minor had been medically evacuated from Christmas Island to a Western Australian hospital, but declined to comment on the incident on grounds of privacy protection.
“The health services for prisoners on Christmas Island are extensive comparable to those available within the Australian community under the Australian public health system, “they said.
” The Australian Border Force makes it easy for all family members to have access to nurses, doctors and specialists. “
A lengthy one Legal dispute over the family’s right to stay in Australia currently depends on whether the three-year-old is entitled to apply for protection.
In February, the Federal Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision finding that Tharnicaa was not granted procedural fairness in considering its application for a protection visa.
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