Mother of three, purge-victim of Turkish government, dies of heart attack

Rana Öztürk, a mother of three children and the wife of Engin Öztürk, who has been under arrest for 15 months over alleged ties to the Gülen movement, died several days after a heart attack, reported Turkish media on Tuesday.

Öztürk had a hearth attack early on Saturday and dispatched to a nearby hospital where she was kept under intensive care unit for three days.

Rana Öztürk’s husband was a former employee of the now-defunct International Antalya University. He was the sole breadwinner of the Öztürk family until he was put behind bars in Antalya’s Doşemealtı L Type Prison 15 months ago.

Left alone to look after three children, his Thailand origin wife Rana had a heart attack a day after Engin Öztürk was denied request to be released pending trial.

fundraising campaign, organised to cover Rana Öztürk’s medical expenses said the family does not have a health insurance due to Engin Öztürk’s dismissal.

“On the way to the hospital, her heart stopped. After working on her for 90 minutes, doctors were able to get her heart working again. She will stay in an induced coma for the next 72 hours. We kindly request your prayers and to contribute with whatever little you can,” campaigners said, adding that her situation is still critical as of Nov 20. He/she added that “The day before the heart attack was the court day for Engin and he was not released. Her heart could not resist to the decision.”

At least 194 donors have managed to donate $13,998 of the aimed $15,000 for Rana’s medical expenses.

Turkish government accuses Gülen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies. Some 130,000 people were detained and 60,000 of them were arrested and put in pretrial detention since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, at least 3,008 schools, dormitories and 15 universities were shut down over alleged links to the Gülen movement. (

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