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10 Apr, 2018 08:29

Sergei Skripal recovering more slowly than Yulia, to be let out ‘in due course’ – hospital (VIDEO)

Hospital chiefs hope ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal will be discharged in “due course.” Senior staff at Salisbury District Hospital told the media on Tuesday that both of the Skripals “responded exceptionally well” to treatment.

Deputy Chief Executive and Medical Director of Salisbury District Hospital Christine Blanshard said that both of the Skripals, as well as the police officer exposed to the dangerous toxin, received 24-hour care from the hospital during their recovery.

"All three had been exposed to a nerve agent,” Blanshard said. She added that the Skripals had “both received round-the-clock care” throughout the last four weeks.

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"I won't go into great detail about the treatment but nerve agents attach themselves to certain enzymes in the body. This results in hallucinations and sickness. We then needed to use a variety of drugs to supplement the patients to create more enzymes to fight the poisoning,” she said.

"Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we've been providing, but equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.

"Her father has also made good progress. On Friday, I announced he was no longer in a critical condition. Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course."

Yulia and her father Sergei Skripal were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury on March 4, after they were attacked with a nerve agent A-234 (also called ‘Novichok’). Since the attack on the ex-Russian double agent and his daughter, the British government has placed the blame at Russia’s feet; a claim which Moscow has repeatedly denied.

READ MORE: Yulia Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital

On Wednesday, Porton Down Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead revealed that the laboratory was unable to confirm the origin of the chemical agent used in the attack.
According to Sky News, Yulia was discharged from hospital on Monday and is now in a "secure location."

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