Govt preparing to remove asylum seeker baby from Hospital

Protestors outside the Lady Cilento Hospital.
Protestors outside the Lady Cilento Hospital. Kieran Salsone

PROTESTERS surrounded exit points at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane on Saturday in a bid to prevent immigration officials from transferring a baby.

While a spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said nothing has changed and the Department was still negotiating with the hospital about one-year-old baby Asha, refugee advocates said the girl's mother was told their relocation was imminent.

Baby Asha was being treated in Brisbane for injuries after she was accidentally burnt by boiling water in a tent on Nauru in January.

Doctors at the hospital have refused to release her until a suitable home environment is found.

Demonstrators have been camping outside the hospital in support of doctors and the child, who faces the possibility of being returned to the Nauru immigration processing centre with her parents.

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