Doctors have established the substance that poisoned A.Litvinenko
Sayhan Umarov, London
[translated by Norbert Strade]
For CHECHENPRESS, 17.11.06
We learned from London that the doctors have established after another examination that Aleksandr Litvinenko was poisoned with thallium. Thallium is a highly toxic substance, and a thallium poisoning often has a lethal outcome. Moreover, it is difficult to identify the presence of the heavy metal in the organism without tests in a special laboratory. Thallium first of all attacks the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys. It is hard to remove from the organism, and the poisoning is difficult to treat.
The doctors have already started to use a treatment with a special antidote, and they hope that Aleksandr Litvinenko's organism, which is hardy from regular sports exercises, will survive the poisoning with the help of intensive application of the necessary drugs. However, they don't exclude that it might become necessary to carry out a bone marrow transplant, which is a complicated operation for the patient.
Litvinenko's state at the moment is called grave but stable by the doctors.
The doctor in attendance officially stated to the English police that the poisoning of Aleksandr Litvinenko was intentional, and Scotland Yard has opened a criminal investigation into the attempted murder of a citizen of Great Britain (Litvinenko obtained British citizenship a couple of weeks ago). Aleksandr Litvinenko is under constant protection by the police, which so far hasn't given the press any information about the state of the investigation.
See also Litvinenko Poisoned