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Iranian judicial authorities have refused Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran’s request to extend her medical leave in spite of her doctor’s strong advice for her to follow through with her complete treatment.

She started leave on 6 June 2016 for medical treatment and was required to return to prison on 18 June, mid-treatment.

Before going on leave, Maryam had gone on a hunger strike to protest authorities’ indifference toward her health, mishandling her case and denying her medical leave. Ultimately, eleven days of hunger strike as well as extensive media coverage of her situation forced authorities to allow her to go on a short leave.

Maryam has a history of medical problems, including a heart condition known as Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), for which she underwent a surgery years ago. More recently, she has been feeling numbness in her hands and feet and suffers from chronic pain in her joints and spinal cord.

Maryam is a Christian convert with an Islamic background who is serving a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of the notorious Evin prison in Iran.

 Sources: International Christian Concern, Mohabat News

 Prayer Points

  • Pray to our great healer who ‘took our illnesses and bore our diseases’; ask Him to help Maryam in her time of suffering.
  • Pray the Lord may also bring Maryam spiritual strength as she learns to become more dependent on Him.
  • Pray the Lord will intervene in Maryam’s case so that she may be released from prison.

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