An Australian nurse convicted last year in a Cambodian surrogacy case has lost her appeal for early prison release to be treated for eye cancer.
Tammy Davis-Charles was jailed for 18 months in August for falsifying documents and acting as an intermediary in a commercial surrogacy operation and has since said she needed to "leave prison soon and get treatment".
But in Phnom Penh on Monday her lawyers failed to convince the appeals court she deserved a sentence reduction.
In a letter that had been submitted to the court Davis-Charles claimed a diagnosis of cancer in her left eye.
Handcuffed and dressed in a prison blue overalls, Davis-Charles sat motionless during her brief appearance on Monday.
Judge Kim Dany read the decision to the court, simply saying the appeals court supports a lower court's earlier sentencing.
But the judge said Davis-Charles could appeal to Cambodia's Supreme Court if not satisfied with Monday's decision.
Davis-Charles allegedly charged foreign parents $50,000 per surrogacy and paid surrogates $10,000.
Commercial surrogacy was outlawed in Cambodia in October 2016 and Davis-Charles was arrested by anti-trafficking police one month after the ban took effect.
She said in previous court appearances she had "lost everything" after her arrest and wanted to be reunited with her family in Australia, including her twin sons.