TYMOSHENKO TO BE TREATED BY GERMAN DOCTOR

09.05.12


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After 20 days, Yuliya Tymoshenko has ended her hunger strike and been moved to the Kharkiv 'Ukrzaliznytsya' hospital for treatment on a herniated disc in her spine. She was moved early this morning with a police and special services escort and journalists were not allowed in the hospital grounds to film her transfer. Her defence lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, said that the government is determined not to let any more pictures to be taken of Tymoshenko in her weakened state. Her daughter Yevheniya says that her mother has lost 10kg since starting her hunger strike. Ms Tymoshenko had refused to be treated by Ukrainian doctors as she feared attempts on her life.

Ms Tymoshenko will be treated by a German neurologist from the Charite clinic, Dr Lutz Harms. The Ukrainian Deputy Health Minister, Raisa Moiseenko, said that the transfer to hospital had taken place "according to an agreement with an international medical commission" and that other specialists will be able to be called in if necessary. 

At a press briefing today, Dr Harms said Ms Tymoshenko was very weak and that the priority was to build up a normal nutritional regime to stabilise her condition, which will take several days. He will then begin an intensive therapy programme for a minimum of eight weeks.



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