British adventure tour leader ‘dying in hospital in Baghdad’

A pioneering tour chief has suffered an enormous stroke whereas in Iraq –and his household has been refused permission to organise a medical evacuation.

Geoff Hann, 85, was on his “farewell tour” – the ultimate journey of dozens to locations thought to be excessive danger. He had taken a bunch on a tour that included Baghdad, Mosul and the traditional cities of Mesopotamia.

His accomplice, Tina Townsend-Greaves, described it as “one final hurrah to his beloved Iraq earlier than retirement”.

However, she stated: “On the finish of a beautiful journey he suffered a stroke and is now mendacity in hospital in Baghdad, unable to talk, miles from house and alone.”

Ms Townsend-Greaves has created a GoFundMe web page referred to as “Get Geoff Hann Residence”.

Greater than £10,000 was raised and a medical evacuation group organised. After 5 days docs declared him match to be medically evacuated house.

However the Iraqi authorities refused to permit Mr Hann to be discharged – as a result of two members of the tour he organised had been arrested at Baghdad whereas making an attempt to go away the nation. The pair had been accused of making an attempt to smuggle out antiquities hid of their baggage.

Police wish to interview Mr Hann in regards to the incident. They’ve confiscated his passport and won’t let him depart the nation.

Mr Hann shouldn’t be underneath arrest. There aren’t any allegations he was concerned within the alleged crime, and he provides specific recommendation in opposition to antiquity smuggling.

Ms Townsend-Greaves stated: “Regardless of the British Embassy explaining Geoff can’t communicate, can’t stroll and is cognitively impaired the choose was not swayed and refused to rescind the order for him to not depart Iraq.

“There’s a guard on Geoff’s hospital room door stopping guests, Geoff is bare in mattress underneath a blanket as he has no garments, he’s being fed primary hospital meals which is fairly poor, all his belongings, toiletries, cash, garments are unaccounted for.

“It have to be a month since he final brushed his enamel or his hair, washed, shaved, and we all know he’s incontinent and has not left his mattress within the final 4 weeks.”

British diplomats are actually making an attempt to get medical proof from the docs to indicate the extent of the stroke.

Ms Townsend-Greaves writes on the GoFundMe web page: “I’m unhappy, and indignant {that a} nation Geoff has promoted and brought vacationers to for a lot of, a few years, have repaid him like this.

“He has introduced many a whole bunch of 1000’s of kilos into the nation over these years. Now lastly when he’s damaged, sick and helpless somewhat than let him return house they’ve stabbed him the again.”

She referred to as him a “nice explorer, an excellent traveller and an excellent man” who “deserves to finish his journey at house”.

One donor, Claudette Picard, wrote: “I had an distinctive journey in Iraq with Geoff final October.

“Actually-grief stricken at what has occurred. Hope he could be repatriated quickly.”

Mr Hann started operating “Austin Midi-bus” excursions between London and Kathmandu within the Nineteen Seventies, visiting Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad and the Khyber Cross. His present journey firm, Hinterland Journey, is predicated in West Yorkshire.

He additionally contributes to Bradt journey guides. Hilary Bradt, who based the writer, managed to influence GoFundMe to launch the funds for the medical evacuation. She stated: “His situation has deteriorated and he’s now nearing dying, on his personal, pointlessly and humiliatingly.”

A Overseas Workplace spokesperson stated: “We’re offering consular help to a British nationwide in Iraq and are in touch with the native authorities.”

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