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Manus Island asylum seeker on life support

Manus Island asylum seeker on life support

Updated 4 September 2014, 10:27 AEST

An asylum seeker who was recently moved from the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea to an Australian hospital for treatment is now on life support.

24-year-old Iranian Hamid Kehazaei was airlifted out of PNG last week to Brisbane, after a cellulitis infection developed into severe septicaemia.

A refugee advocate and the Royal Australian College of Physicians have raised concerns about the the adequacy of medical treatment at the detention centre.

The Australia Immigration department says the chief medical officer is reviewing the background to the asylum seeker's condition and the medical care he received while on Manus Island.

Presenter: Lindy Kerin

Speaker: Ian Rintoul, the Refugee Action Coalition, Professor Nick Talley, Royal Australian College of Physicians

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