Tareq Ghandour dies after bleeding internally for six hours in Egyptian prison

Dr Tareq Mahmoud El-Ghandour, Professor of Dermatology in Ain Shams University, died after suffering internal bleeding in Abu Zaabal prison, Egypt.

El-Ghandour bled for six hours from his oesophagus, he had had an operation on his liver.

According to private sources, El-Ghandour’s heart stopped due to neither the prison hospital nor the Liver Institute in Shibin being ready to deal with heart failure which led to him slipping into a coma for 24 hours, and eventually dying this morning.

Sources revealed that there had been numerous requests to transfer him to a specialist centre, such as Ain Shams University Hospital, but the authorities refused.

Last April, a judge at the Police Academy Court handed El-Ghandour a prison sentence after he was found guilty of the charge of protesting without obtaining a license in the events of Nozha Street, and joining an outlawed group with other professors Dr Amr Adel Sayed, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Ain Shams University, and Dr Zakir Musa from Al-Azhar University Faculty of Engineering, and about 24 students from Al-Azhar University.

El-Ghandour was arrested on December 18, 2013, in his home after armed security forces stormed into his apartment. The officers broke his door down and destroyed the contents of his flat, stealing nearly 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($2,797) and his car. He was held in custody without charge.

The professor was one of the leading medical fellows in dermatology at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University. He had supervised over 100 postgraduate students in scientific research and has many publications in the field of dermatology and infertility.