Daughter Of Biloela Family Held On Christmas Island Evacuated To Perth For Medical Emergency


Daughter Of Biloela Family Held On Christmas Island Evacuated To Perth For Medical Emergency

A three-year-old girl being held in immigration detention on Christmas Island has been medically evacuated to Perth for urgent care.

Tharnicaa Murugappan is believed to have a blood infection.

The youngest member of the Tamil family, also known as the 'Biloela Family', turns four next week and was reportedly sick for 10 days with vomiting, diarrhoea and a temperature above 40 degrees.

The girl's mother, Priya, has accompanied her to Western Australia to look over her care. She terrified of what will happen to the youngster.


"I am feeling very scared and worried for my little girl. She has been sick for many days, it took a long time for her to get to the hospital," she said.

"She is already asking for her papa, it is going to be very hard being away from her dad and sister.

"It is very hard for our family to be separated when our daughter is sick."


The team that has been fighting for the family to stay in Australia broke the news that Tharnicaa was sick.

HomeToBilo said the medical team on Christmas Island didn't give her adequate when the young girl started to get sick.

"International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), who are responsible for administering health services in detention, only distributed Panadol and Nurofen," the group said.

There has been swift condemnation from politicians about the alleged delayed and minimal care for the young girl.


Greens Immigration spokesman, Nick McKim, said it is disgraceful that someone in immigration detention has to be on the verge of death to get appropriate medical attention.

Credit: HomeToBilo
Credit: HomeToBilo

"They have been exiled to a remote island, and detained indefinitely, having built a life for themselves in Queensland," he said.

"Physical and mental health problems have always gone hand-in-hand with offshore detention - and yet their detention continues.


"It is beyond unconscionable that they would be sent back to Christmas Island.

"They must be resettled in our community urgently, before any more damage is done."

The family was moved to Christmas Island in August 2019 after they were taken from their Queensland home in Biloela.

The removal was the result of unsuccessful asylum claims for the three oldest family members.


They have been stationed on the island ever since and despite repeated attempts by the federal government to send them back to their native Sri Lanka, a series of court orders has delayed their departure.

Advocates say the family's future depends on Tharnicaa's ability to be granted a protection visa.

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