Doctors who treated poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia say they expected the pair to die and still do not know what their long-term prognosis is. Medical staff at Salisbury District Hospital spoke to the BBC about their response when the Skripals were brought in, initially thought to be suffering from an opioid overdose.
Dr Stephen Jukes, an intensive care consultant at the hospital, told the BBC, "When we first were aware this was a nerve agent we were expecting them not to survive." "We would try all our therapies, we would ensure the best clinical care. But all the evidence was there that they would not survive," he said in an interview broadcast yesterday May 29th.
Hospital medical director, Christine Blanshard, said she did not know what the long-term effects of the poisoning would be. She also added that "We have a total world experience of treating three patients for the effects of Novichok poisoning."
"I think it is safe to say that we are still learning," she said.