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Israeli doctors conduct surgery on a Palestinian political prisoner without his consent

[ 22/09/2008 - 03:30 PM ]


A Palestinian political prisoner called Muhannad Awda reported that he was forcibly taken by the prison administrant to the Soroka hospital despite the fact that he was not suffering from any disease, adding that Israeli doctors drugged him and conducted an open heart surgery on him.

Awda explained to the lawyer of the Mandela institute that he was not suffering from any heart disease, pointing out that he was medically tested before sending him to prison and proved free of any disease.

The prisoner added that in the hospital, he was asked to sign papers authorizing doctors to conduct a surgery on him and to take his organs, but he refused, noting that before he was taken to the operating room, he asked to be allowed to contact his family or permit them to visit him, but was refused.

The prisoner elaborated that during the surgical operation, he woke up suddenly and saw his chest open while a group of what seems to be university students were taking notes.

He also confirmed that his health condition is worsening because of the operation as well as the several transfers from one prison to another.

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