After ‘Suicide Watch,’ Doctors Say Corby Recovering

corby.jpgDENPASAR ~ Bali’s best-known foreign prisoner was on suicide watch at a hospital in Denpasar this week, after being admitted suffering from severe depression following an unsuccessful appeal to the Supreme Court against her 20-year jail term for drug smuggling.

Schapelle Corby was taken from Denpasar Prison in Kerobokan last Friday to Bali’s main medical facility, Sanglah Hospital, and was undergoing tests to determine her physical and mental state, doctors said.

The 30-year-old was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport in October 2004 with what police said was 4.1 kilograms of marijuana stashed in a boggie board she had with her.

On Wednesday, however, doctors treating Corby said their patient was making progress and sleeping well but that she would remain in hospital for at least another week.

“Her condition has improved … before, she was under a lot of stress and nervous, but she is improving,” Sanglah psychiatric unit chief Dr Nyoman Ratep said.

He said she would continue to take anti-depressant medication as part of her treatment.

It is understood from Australian media reports that Corby’s family is paying the medical fees at the hospital, amounting to some Rp1.2 million (US$130) per day for her room and doctors’ fees in the International Wing.

Corby is one of a number of Australians sentenced to long prison terms and death in Bali, for drugs offenses.

Meanwhile, as the former beautician student lay in her hospital bed in Bali’s capital, a storm raged in the Australian media about claims a former lawyer made in a television documentary that he fabricated assertions at the Denpasar District Court that baggage handlers had placed the drugs in Corby’s boggie board bag.

Corby has always maintained her innocence and insists the marijuana was not hers or placed in her bag by her or persons known to her.

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