April 3rd, 2012
09:08 AM ET

Bahrain hunger striker's life in danger, daughter says

Fears are growing that a leading human rights activist who entered the 55th day of a hunger strike in Bahrain on Tuesday may not survive the ordeal, his daughter says.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was arrested last year for his role in anti-government demonstrations, has been on hunger strike for nearly eight weeks in protest at his life prison term.

His daughter, Maryam al-Khawaja, told CNN he "is entering a critical phase where his life is at stake."

She said her father had two doctors accompanying him at all times Monday night and was being moved to a different prison Tuesday which has the necessary medical equipment.

The move is due to fears that he may go into a coma at any time, as his blood sugar and blood pressure have both further dropped, she said.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    Maybe this was the wrong story to post a sarcastic comment on. This guy has been in prison for over a year already, convicted of ties to terrorism though no specific violence has been attributed to him. His trial kept getting pushed back. His lawyers had limited access to him. He was beaten in prison several times and his jaw was badly broken. Then, he was sentenced to life. So in light of all that, it's not so surprising he's on hunger strike. What other options does he have?

    April 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @bombo: jeff just beat me to it lol. hunger strike in prison is pointless. tie em down, iv food, catheter and poo bag.. then he spends the rest of his time tied down and tubed...

      maybe he didn't think it through..

      April 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    So they know this cats losing it? Why wait for the crash cart? Put him on IV fluids, and stick a catheter in 'em. Duh!

    April 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • gene

      they WANT him to die.....that is why his sis is freakin out

      April 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fat Man (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @leeintulsa
    Guess he didn't follow Rev. Billy Roberts or Oral Graham...whatever. He hasn't seen the light yet...you know what I mean.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      actually, i don't.. know what you mean, that is..

      April 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @Fat Man
    Did you mean Oral Roberts or Billy Graham? Don't insult leeintulsa like that you moron.

    April 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      lol.. that was an insult? i didn't even think it was english..

      April 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    He got life for protesting against his government! Thats just wrong! Ya see these damn governments in all these countries forget wth they work for!

    April 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    Ifd be dead in 6 wks if i hunger strd. Im only 6'2 and 175lbs!

    April 4, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    Ifd be dead in 6 wks if i hunger strd. Im only 6'2 and 175lbs! Lucky me

    April 4, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
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