Australian hospital refuses to discharge baby facing offshore detention

Australia’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is protesting the conditions of refugees in an offshore detention center by refusing to discharge the baby of asylum seekers who face being sent back there by the government.

The hospital won’t release the one-year-old girl until a “suitable home environment” is found for her and her family.

The baby girl – known under the pseudonym “Baby Asha” – was badly burnt at a Nauru immigration camp. She is now in stable condition, and her family face the threat of being sent back offshore to a detainment facility.

“[Doctors and nurses] just can’t send children from hospital into a place where we know they’re going to be harmed.”

-Richard Kidd, Doctors for Refugees spokesman

“Doctors and nurses involved in the care of this child are risking two years jail for standing up for the rights and for the medical profession to be able to stand by their ethics.”

-Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens senator

Source: Mashable

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