Bangladesh docs fear for opposition chief Khaleda Zia’s life

Doctors treating the ex-PM say they fear for her life if she was not allowed to fly overseas for medical care.

Bangladesh docs treating ailing opposition chief and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia say they fear for her life if she just isn’t allowed to fly overseas for medical care.

Zia, the 76-year-old chief of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and archrival of present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been identified with cirrhosis of the liver. Her docs stated she suffered three massive inside bleeds previously two weeks.

“We don’t have the means and supportive technology… here to control and stop rebleeding,” her chief physician Fakhruddin Mohammad Siddiqui advised reporters on Sunday at her home, flanked by 4 different docs on her medical group.

The BNP is demanding Zia’s quick launch and that she be allowed to travel for therapy [Monirul Alam/EPA]

He stated there was a 50-percent likelihood that Zia would undergo one other inside bleed within the subsequent week, and a 70-percent likelihood it might happen within the subsequent six weeks.

“The chances of controlling the rebleeding are slim,” he stated. “In that case, there is higher risk of her death.”

“If we want to save the life of the patient, we need to do TIPS,” he stated, referring to a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt, a medical process he stated was accessible solely in medically superior nations such Germany, the UK, and the US.

Zia has been within the vital care unit of a Dhaka hospital since November 13, simply 5 months after she recovered from COVID-19.

But the chief of the primary opposition celebration has been barred by a courtroom from leaving the nation after being convicted on corruption prices in 2018.

As her situation has worsened, BNP activists and supporters have staged protests throughout the nation, demanding she be allowed to travel for therapy.

A BNP supporter holds a poster of Zia throughout a protest in entrance of the National Press Club in Dhaka [Monirul Alam/EPA]

In the northern district of Natore, about 20 folks have been injured on November 22 when BNP activists clashed with police.

Hasina earlier this month appeared to reject pleas by Zia’s household and celebration.

“I have done whatever I can for Khaleda Zia. Now the law will decide the next course of action,” Hasina advised a press briefing.

A authorities minister advised that the BNP fly in docs from overseas.

Zia was sentenced to 10 years in jail in February 2018 on corruption prices that the BNP, which was final in energy from 2001 to 2006, says have been politically motivated.

She was launched in March final yr as her situation worsened in a jail the place she was the one inmate. She has since been barred from flying overseas and has been receiving therapy from a neighborhood hospital.

Her docs and celebration allege that Zia, who’s affected by coronary heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, was not handled correctly when she was imprisoned.