It's believed Tharnicaa has been unwell since May 25, noting symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, and a temperature of more than 40 degrees, per Perth Now.
The family's lawyer, Carina Ford, told reporters that the little girl's condition had significantly worsened over the weekend, with advocates sharing the detention centre had not taken her to hospital, despite requests, until June 6.
“I think their day-to-day life is getting harder and harder, and there is no doubt that there is a greater impact on the children,” she told ABC News.
The image has sparked outrage online, rightfully so, especially considering this is not the first time Tharnicaa has been unwell while at the detention centre. When she was two years old, Tharnicaa had four teeth surgically removed and another four treated after they began to rot, with advocates believing a lack of access to fresh food and sunlight within the centre had caused a vitamin D deficiency.
A family friend and spokesperson Angela Fredericks, who has long been campaigning for the Tamil family to return to Queensland, said "this is another instance of lack of proper medical care for these little Biloela girls.”
“Tharnicaa has been in detention for almost all of her young life. During that time she has suffered vitamin deficiencies due to lack of sunlight and fresh fruit and vegetables," she said. "She later suffered [a] concussion after an improperly secured whiteboard fell on her head, and was not taken to hospital until hours later when she started vomiting.
“Now, her needs have been dismissed until she was vomiting and falling over. This is just not good enough.”
Since the news of her hospitalisation, many have called for Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, to take action and let the family return to Queensland, and on June 8, as many as 365,000 people had signed a petition for the family to be resettled.