The protestor was moving quickly towards a demonstration in Tehran was riding his motorcycle when an Iranian security agent stood at 10 feet and pulled out his gun. He fired a rubber bullet.
The protester stated that the bullet had hit his left eye. “We locked eyes and then everything went dark,” He goes by the moniker Saman. As he drove to the hospital, doctors refused to treat him. He held his hand up to his eye, fearing that it would fall out.
After being shot, he was finally admitted at the Farabi Eye Hospital.
Saman, 30 years old, spoke via telephone from an outside location Iran Last month, he fled to the same place. The Sunday Review withheld his name, location and date of birth as a security precaution.
He said that the officer who pointed at his face had seen him before and recognized him as one of Frontline activists had been going night after night up to Valiasr Square in Tehran, Iran’s capital, to face off against security forces, hurling back the tear gas canisters they fired into the crowd.
“He knew my face, and I knew his,” He said.
The impact of The shot was fired from such a close range that it left him blind in That eye. He also provided photographs and medical documentation. of CT scans of Two ophthalmologists were asked by The Times to examine his eye. They confirmed that it was irreparably damaged.
Saman is one of hundreds of According to medical professionals and doctors, victims suffered serious eye injuries from Iranian security forces in mid-September. The country was rocked by antigovernment protests that swept the country during this month. This prompted a violent crackdown. Rights groups claim that more than 300 Iranians have been murdered. Many others have been injured.
Among the most devastating effects are of the government’s efforts to crush the uprising has been the blinding of Participants in them. They are spread across the globe Iran, scores of Protesters went to hospitals with their eyes ruptured by rubber bullets and metal pellets fired by security forces to disperse the crowds.
The reports of Mass eye injuries echo those of the previous in Recent years have seen similar incidents in other countries, such as India-administered Kashmir or Chile, where protestors were met with security forces firing pellet guns.
The complete scope of The injuries in Iran This information has been hidden by the internet blackout. However, medical evidence provided to The Times by family members, doctors and protesters was not withheld. of Patients and rights groups found that ophthalmology departments were not properly maintained. in Hospitals have been overwhelmed with hundreds of Eye wound victims Eyewitness accounts, more than 80 pages of Multiple hospitals and clinics have shown that the medical records of patients showed that this range is consistent across all three. of Mutilated retinas, severed optic nervouss and punctured Irises have all been examples of injuries.
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Many protestors are forced to ask for treatment. in Security forces are often present at government-run facilities. Some of Lawyers and doctors have stated that some patients have been refused treatment while others were taken into custody following surgery.
Videos and images of Medical staff and rights groups share CT scans to create an eerie tableau. of Faces left with traces of metal pellets
One batch of Medical records provided details about the incident of A 22-year-old protester had his eyeballs broken.
A voice message was left with a Kurdish rights groupA father complained that he didn’t have enough money for six operations for his son, who had lost a part of his retina.
“He is 18 years old and he has lost his vision completely,” The father said.
Many of The materials were shared in Private WhatsApp group used to provide advice and support for injured protestors by Iranian ophthalmologists.
“In most cases, there is nothing we can do,” One Iranian ophthalmologist stated by telephone that he was calling from Tehran. As others have done, he also spoke out about the condition. of Anonymity is better than fear of Retribution from the Iranian government
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“They were in shock — they were in disbelief that they had lost their eyesight so instantaneously,” The doctor stated of The patients he had seen. “I try to give them hope, but I know from experience that the end result from these injuries is usually not good.”
According to the doctor, his phone was full of distressing voice messages from family members, protesters and doctors asking for his help.
“Dear doctor, I was told you are an eye surgeon,” One young protester said in Farabi Eye Hospital left a voicemail last month. “I have just been told my eye must be removed — I am wondering if there is anything you can do to save it.”
According to the doctor, the protester fled the country in order to get more treatment.
Three major hospitals have ophthalmologists in Tehran — Farabi, Rasoul Akram and Labbafinezhad — estimated that their wards had admitted a total of More than 500 patients with severe eye injuries have been treated since the inception of Protests in mid-September. Many arrived in September with small metal or rubber pieces still embedded. in They are their heads. Doctors in Kurdistan Province in The north claimed that they had taken care of at least 80 of these patients. It is difficult to calculate exact numbers as protesters are afraid to seek treatment. in Public hospitals
Over 230 ophthalmologists responded and signed. a joint letter This week’s publication addressed to the President of Dr. Mahmod Jabbarvand from the Iranian Ophthalmology Association calls on him to do the following: “irreparable consequences of such severe injuries” The government is informed.
Dr. Hassan Hashemi, a former Minister, posted a message on Wednesday to the WhatsApp Group for Iranian Eye Surgerys. of Ophthalmologist health bemoaned that doctors had not “protested these tragedies earlier” Hospitals were urged to release statistics about serious eye injuries. “prevent the blindness of more of our compatriots.”
Farabi Eye Hospital, which has the country’s premier ophthalmology ward, has been especially strained by the surge in Doctors and witnesses confirmed that the cases were true. The hospital treated more than 150 patients in three weeks last month. The deluge of One surgeon has been forced to resign due to trauma cases in protest.
“I have never seen a scene like this, it was terrifying,” “Said the mother of Saman, the protester that lost his eye in Tehran. She was living outside. Iran And flew to London to be with him prior to his surgery.
She spoke out in She was interviewed by phone and arrived at a horrifying scene in The hospital was full of patients waiting for eye surgery. A man was partially blinded by 52 pellets. A 4-year-old girl wandered the halls wearing a bandaged eye. There was also a security guard who watched over the hospital and took down names.
The mother stated that she learned from the nurses on the ground that some people have disabilities. of The wounded were being held. “It was surreal,” She spoke. “These are meant to be sanctuaries.”
“Security in hospitals is being replaced by officers who are spying on patients and even interfering with treatment,” Shahram Kordasti is a London-based Oncologist who has spoken to doctors in Iran. Sometimes, security personnel have stopped doctors from performing surgeries or made it impossible for them to discharge patients. Many hospital managers were pressured to give information about wounded protesters.
Eight were stated by an Iranian lawyer representing protesters. of His clients were detained in hospitals.
Saman claimed that while recovering from surgery, he was able to hear an officer ask him about his condition. “I knew then that I had very little time to get out,” He said.
With your help of a family friend, Saman’s mother smuggled her son, still in His hospital gown, out of the hospital and into a taxi to the friend’s home. His mother purchased two tickets to the airport for him when he was able to travel again. of The country.
“I thought I would die of a stroke from the stress,” Saman’s mother said. She was concerned that the hospital would give his name to border patrols or that they might see his mutilated right eye and suspect that he was part of a gang. of Protests.
She claimed that she was too busy to let go of her worries until the plane took flight. “I felt that he was reborn,” She spoke. “It was as if God had returned my son to me again.”
Reflections are repeated several times of Saman’s disfigured face has halted him in place. “In those moments, I feel lost and things go dark again,” He said. “But then I remember that my purpose is to show the world what the government has done. The evidence is in my face, and I am proud of this.”
He has now moved to the United States and started a new life. posting images and videos of His injury was posted on Instagram. In less than a week, he had more then 20,000 followers. of Protesters similarly wounded may ask for advice.
A friend, who was also on the street, was one of them. The friend then sent him a photograph hours later. of His own eye was also injured.
“He said he had wanted to avenge my injury,” Saman: in tears. “Now he has told me that he himself is partially blinded.”