Baquer Namazi's doctors have said that he needs surgery within seven to 10 days to avoid a potentially catastrophic stroke, his son said. Namazi's supporters have made their demands known to Iran, but are also seeking direct intervention from President Joe Biden's White House.
The legal team appealed for help Monday from the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, writing in a detailed document that “due to the severity of his medical problems, Baquer especially faces high risk of mortality unless Iran rapidly reverses course.”
“The time for best efforts is over,” Genser told reporters. “The time for action is now.”
Later in the day, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the Biden administration repeatedly raises with Iran its concerns about “Americans and other foreign nationals who are unjustly held against their will.” And Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that Iran should allow Namazi “to seek the medical attention necessary to save his life.”
Blinken added: “It’s been almost six years since he’s seen his children. At a time like this, he should be surrounded by his entire family."
Advocates for the elder Namazi say they're desperate that he be treated outside of Iran given how overwhelmed hospitals there have been with treating COVID-19 patients and the risk that poses to his health. If he is not permitted to leave within days, Babak Namazi said, his father will have to undergo the operation in Iran — a less than ideal scenario.
“If it's between him dying and not dying, of course it's an option,” Babak Namazi said.
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