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Novichok victim Charlie Rowley leaves hospital

20 июля
17:23 2018
Charlie RowleyImage copyright AFP
Image caption Charlie Rowley collapsed in his home in Amesbury after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley has been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being exposed to the nerve agent.

Salisbury District Hospital said he had been through an "appalling experience most of us could never imagine".

Mr Rowley, 45, and his partner Dawn Sturgess, 44, collapsed at his house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on 30 June, where police found a bottle containing the nerve agent.

Ms Sturgess later died on 8 July and a murder inquiry has been launched.

Lorna Wilkinson, Salisbury District Hospital's director of nursing, said the day was "tinged with sadness" after the death of Ms Sturgess.

"We continue to think both of Charlie and of Dawn's family, and support them as they go through the difficult process of coming to terms with her death," she said.

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Ms Wilkinson added that Mr Rowley had been decontaminated to ensure the nerve agent could no longer affect him "or anyone who came into contact with them".

There have only been five victims of Novichok poisoning to be treated at Salisbury District Hospital, she said.

Wiltshire Police said it would "continue to coordinate activity at a local level to ensure that Mr Rowley continues to receive the support he needs in his ongoing recovery".

The poisoning is thought to be linked to the attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

Mr Rowley's brother Matthew said his brother picked up a perfume bottle containing the toxic substance.

The Metropolitan Police, which is leading the investigation, refused to confirm the claim but the force had previously said the substance was found in a "small bottle".

Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Dawn Sturgess died on 8 July after being taken ill on 30 June

A coroner's inquest has been opened and adjourned for mother-of-three Ms Sturgess.

Her sister Stephanie told the hearing she was present when doctors informed her of the decision to switch off her sibling's life support.

"I then said my goodbyes to Dawn before leaving hospital," she said.


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