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Tamil family’s treatment ‘internationally embarrassing’, WA Premier says

A series of court orders has stopped the federal government from deporting them but the family’s future hinges on whether their youngest daughter has a right to apply for a protection visa.

On Monday, three-year-old Tharnicaa was flown to Perth from Christmas Island with her mother amid concerns she could have a serious infection after being ill for two weeks.

The group fighting to keep the family from being deported said staff at the detention centre had refused to take Tharnicaa to the hospital until Sunday, even though she was vomiting and recording a temperature of more than 40 degrees.

Tharnicaa remains in stable condition at Perth Children’s Hospital, where a crowd of supporters gathered on Wednesday night to call on the government to stop the family’s deportation.

Similar vigils are expected to take place in other parts of the country this week.

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