By Freddy Pawle For Daily Mail Australia
08:17 19 Nov 2023, updated 08:17 19 Nov 2023
A climate change activist who was starving himself on the steps of Parliament House has broken his silence after being rushed to hospital when his health dramatically declined.
On Friday, the 16th day of the protest, Mr Andrews was rushed to Canberra Hospital after he started to suffer from chest pains and shortness of breath.
He previously told Daily Mail Australia that he suffers from a heart murmur and an enlarged heart and feared the strike could cause him to have a heart attack.
The following day he shared an image of himself from the hospital giving a thumbs up with a smile and wearing a a ‘STOP COAL’ shirt while connected to an IV drip to his website to update his followers on his health.
The father-of-two said that despite breaking his fast after losing more than 10kg, he is ‘resolute’ on continuing his fight for action on climate change once he regains his health.
‘I had to listen to my body when it started to give out. I was losing control of my limbs and speech, and my brain got pretty foggy,’ he said in a statement.
‘My wife, the Parliament House nurse, the Ambulance paramedics and the Federal Police were all telling me it’s time to get to hospital.’
Here in Canberra Hospital, the staff are amazing. They’ve hooked me up to all different drips and they’re doing six-hourly ECGs on me to check my heart. This morning I can stand up and walk under supervision.’
Mr Albanese hadn’t acknowledged Mr Andrews’ hunger strike during the two weeks he was on the lawn in front of Parliament House despite the numerous media appearances he had made to gain the PM’s attention.
‘I want you to know I haven’t given up on the fight for our future. There’s no time left,’ Mr Andrews wrote.
‘I don’t really understand the psychology of it, but the fact that our Prime Minister ignored me has made me more resolute than ever.
‘I’m glad I saved my body for what’s next.’
Mr Andrews said that he will remain in hospital at least into the start of next week as concerns are still held for his health but will be rearing to continue his efforts once out.
He revealed his next act will be to return to Parliament House and personally hand a petition for climate change to the Prime Minister ‘on behalf of thousands of Australians’.
‘He may have he ignored me for the last two weeks on the lawns of Parliament House,’ Mr Andrews wrote.
‘But I can tell him I was never alone. You were all with me in calling for a safe future.’
Mr Andrew’s had previously worked with the government for 30 years as an ambassador to West Africa, and as Australia’s deputy chief climate negotiator at the United Nations.
However he quit his $250,000 job in 2021 because he was ‘sick of being asked to promote fossil fuels’ and becoming a full-time climate activist.
Eight days into his strike he told Daily Mail Australia that he hadn’t told his children that he was ‘willing to die’ during the strike.
‘If told them I was going to die, I don’t know what they’d say… but they support me 100 per cent and my daughter came and visited me,’ he said.
After being taken to hospital, Mr Andrews said he would be spending time with his ‘precious family who held me with unconditional love and solidarity throughout my hunger strike’.
He had been visited by hundreds of supporters while he either sat in a chair or lay in a swag next to a chalkboard that updated for every day he was on the strike.