The Al Jazeera journalist on a hunger strike in an Egyptian prison could be dead in a matter of days, a doctor has said.
The results of a recent blood test showed that Abdullah Elshamy's starvation has led to acute anaemia, kidney dysfunction and decreasing red blood cells, Al Jazeera reported Saturday. Elshamy has been in Egyptian prison for 269 days after being arrested in August while covering Egypt's Rabaa Massacre. His hunger strike has lasted 110 days so far and he has already lost one third of his total body weight.
Elshamy's doctor, who reviewed the results of the test, told the network that the journalist could "die within a few days."
The Al Jazeera reporter, along with several other journalists including Peter Greste, Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy, are still detained on charges of collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood "terrorist" organization and spreading false news.
Elshamy's doctor stressed that his condition is life threatening and demanded he be transferred from prison to an intensive care unit.