A former Guantanamo prisoner on a hunger strike slipped into a coma Wednesday, said a doctor in Uruguay, where the ex-detainee was taken in as a refugee nearly two years ago but has been demanding to move elsewhere to reunite with his family.
Abu Wa’el Dhiab was unconscious and extremely dehydrated when paramedics arrived at the apartment where he is staying in Montevideo, said Dr. Julia Galzerano of the Medical Union of Uruguay, who was treating the former prisoner from Syria.
“We hope that it is reversible. We can’t know” for a while, Galzerano said. The doctor said she was told Dhiab had gone 12 days without water.
Dhiab was being treated at an apartment in keeping with his wishes not to be hospitalized during his protest.