A Tamil family detained for three years was hit hard by news that their youngest daughter was facing a long stint at a Perth hospital.
Tharnicaa Murugappan, 4, was evacuated from Christmas Island to the mainland with her mother Priya last week after getting sick from severe sepsis.
When she flew to Perth on Tuesday, she reunited with her father Nades and her sister Kopi.
After Interior Minister Karen Andrews claimed in a radio interview Tuesday that the girl’s condition and diagnosis were inaccurately reported in the media.
“The illness my child was suffering from and was hospitalized was well and really treated with the advice I was given,” she said.
The federal government, including some lawmakers, is under pressure to find permanent housing for the Murgappans.
They have been fighting for permanent residence for three years after being taken away by Australian Border Force personnel from their home in Biloela, central Queensland in 2018.
The family has been detained and has been detained as an immigrant on Christmas Island since August 2019.
Nades and Priya are Tamil, a group persecuted in their hometown of Sri Lanka.
The couple arrived in Australia on separate boats in 2012 and 2013 before settling in a small country town.
Both of their daughters were born in Australia.
Border officers raided Biloela’s home in March 2018 after Priya’s visa expired and were taken to Broadmeadows detention center in Victoria.
Their dismissal infuriated the Biloela community, which launched the “Back to Bilo” campaign.
Originally released Another blow for the Biloela family
Place of originBiloela family daughter Tharnicaa faces 8 weeks in hospital