(WASHINGTON) — A Navy veteran launched from an Iranian jail final week on a medical furlough says he’s sick with signs of the coronavirus and is requesting a humanitarian evacuation to the USA for medical remedy.
Michael White was hospitalized Wednesday in a ward for coronavirus sufferers in Iran and has skilled fever, fatigue, a cough and shortness of breath since his furlough final week, in line with an announcement from Jon Franks, a household spokesman, to The Related Press.
White, of Imperial Seaside, California, “is an immunocompromised most cancers affected person and his state of affairs is pressing,” Franks mentioned. White has been examined for the coronavirus however the outcomes haven’t come again.
White was detained in July 2018 whereas visiting a girlfriend in Iran and was later convicted of insulting Iran’s supreme chief and posting personal data.
He’s amongst tens of 1000’s of prisoners granted medical furloughs by Iran because the nation tries to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.
On Wednesday night, former New Mexico Gov. Invoice Richardson reached out to Iran on the household’s behalf to ask for a direct humanitarian medical evacuation.
“Not solely will this enable Michael to obtain extra remedy right here in the USA, however it should assist defend Iranian residents from additional publicity and release their very own medical personnel to deal with their very own residents,” the assertion mentioned.