Yulia Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital

Yulia Skripal discharged from Salisbury hospital

Yulia Skripal has been discharged from hospital more than a month since she was poisoned along with her father with a military-grade nerve agent.

Sergei Skripal, 66, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of spies to Britain’s foreign spy service, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury on March 4.

They were in a critical condition for weeks and doctors at one point feared, even if they survived, they might have suffered brain damage, but the Skripals' health then began to improve rapidly.

Yulia, 33, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital, Christine Blanshard, medical director of the hospital, told reporters. 

"We have now discharged Yulia," Blanshard 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."

Britain blamed Russia for the poisoning, the first known offensive use of such a nerve agent on European soil since World War Two.

Moscow denied any involvement and suggested that Britain had carried out the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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