Monday 10 December 2018

Nerve agent attack victim Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital

Yulia Skripal (33), poisoned almost a month ago with her father Sergei, is recovering in hospital. Photo: AP
Yulia Skripal (33), poisoned almost a month ago with her father Sergei, is recovering in hospital. Photo: AP
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Yulia Skripal has been discharged from a British hospital, the BBC reported on Tuesday, just over a month after being poisoned with a nerve agent along with her father Sergei, a former Russian double agent.

The Skripals were found unconscious on a bench on March 4 in the southern English city of Salisbury and they were in a critical condition for weeks until their health began to improve rapidly.

Britain says they were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent and has blamed Russia for the attack. Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident which has plunged its relations with the West to a post-Cold War low.

Yulia, who Russia's RIA news agency had reported was seeking political asylum in Britain, was taken to a secure location after being discharged from hospital late on Monday, the BBC said.

On Friday, doctors said both Yulia, 33, and her 66-year-old father had got much better and last week Yulia Skripal issued a statement to say her strength was growing daily.

"We have now discharged Yulia," Christine Blanshard, medical director of Salisbury District Hospital told reporters.

"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."

In a statement following Ms Skripal’s release from Salisbury District Hospital, the Russian Embassy in London said: “We congratulate Yulia on her recovery. Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.”

Reuters

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