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BY: Susan Crabtree
An ailing 81-year-old Iranian-American who Iranian authorities recently returned to prison against the advice of doctors was rushed the hospital with a racing heart rate Sunday, according to his attorney.
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Baquer Namazi, who has a pacemaker and has suffered life-threatening heart problems in Iran's notorious Evin prison for two years, was sent to the hospital late Sunday night when his heart rate doubled from its usual 60 beats per minute to 120 beats per minute.
He also experienced fluctuations in blood pressure and a severe loss of energy, his attorney Jared Genser said in a statement.
Family - Fears - Time - Authorities - Grounds
His family once again fears he could die at any time and has pleaded with Iranian authorities to release him on humanitarian grounds.
"I don't know what needs to happen for the Iranian authorities to allow my father to stay out of prison and heed the advice of their own medical examiner panel," said Namazi's son, Babak Namazi. "I beg the authorities to let him stay home on parole on humanitarian grounds."
Genser - Authorities - Anything - Baquer - Namazi
Genser argued Iranian authorities will be "directly responsible if anything happens to Baquer Namazi." He has previously said returning Namazi to prison from medical leave would amount to a "death sentence."
"He must be immediately released on medical parole," Genser said. "And Iran must act expeditiously to engage with the United States to find a resolution to all these wrongly imprisoned American cases, including Baquer's son Siamak Namazi, who also remains imprisoned."
January - Authorities - Baquer - Namazi - Leave
In late January, Iranian authorities released Baquer Namazi on a week-long medical leave, after which the country's medical examiner recommended he remain released for at least three months to seek specialized medical care, his family and attorney said.
However, the family's hopes were dashed when Tehran decided to send Namazi back to Evin prison, instead of extending the medical furlough. Namazi's personal doctors have said...
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