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Autopsy Report: Abduhl Kaddim Altia, Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq (Natural) (Death Certificate Included) (0040-04-CID789-83990)

May 23, 2004 | DOA | ACLU-RDI 1055
Male detainee, Abduhl Kaddim Altia, died while in US custody in Abu Ghraib prison. Cause of Death: Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Manner of Death: Natural.
  • 2004-05-22, Abu Ghraib (Baghdad Correctional Facility (BCCF)), Iraq, Death
    • Detainee Abduhl Kaddim Altia, a diabetic, died at Abu Ghraib on May 22, 2004. An autopsy ruled the cause of death "natural" (Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease). His son, who was also detained at Abu Ghraib at this time, reported that two days prior, his father had fallen and complained of chest pain, but had not reported it to Army medics. Rather, Altia simply took his diabetes medicine. On the morning of May 22, 2004, Altia complained of chest pain and shortness of breath once more. He collapsed at 10:30 AM. An Army doctor arrived approximately ten minutes later and performed CPR. An IV was inserted. Altia was unresponsive. He was taken to the emergency room, where he was declared dead at 11:07 AM. A Special Agent who inspected the body "did not observe any signs of trauma or abuse." Altia's son, however, reported that his father had no history of heart problems.