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No private info to be disclosed after Timoshenko’s medical examination

February 15, 2012, 20:33 UTC+3
Canadian and Ukrainian medics are continuing to examine Timoshenko
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KIEV, February 15 (Itar-Tass) —— The results of former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko’s medical examination will be announced without disclosing privileged information concerning the patent, her lawyer Sergei Vlasenko said.

“The final findings will be given to Timoshenko within the next several days, and the envelope with the results of the examination conducted by German medics should be given to her today,” he said on Wednesday, February 15.

Canadian and Ukrainian medics are continuing to examine Timoshenko. At about 05:00 this morning, an international team of medics left Kachanivska Penal Colony No. 54 where Timoshenko is serving her prison term.

German medics have done their job. Their Canadian and Ukrainian colleagues are continuing the examination.

Vlasenko noted that the “results of Timoshenko’s examination will be made public within the limits that do not violate confidentiality”.

He claimed that “the examination was conducted by foreign medics, while representatives of the penitentiary service and the Health Ministry of Ukraine were only present”.

Timoshenko fell ill on August 18, 2011, two weeks after her arrest. Her lawyers say that she “has been in bed for about four months”.

Medics believe that Timoshenko has discal hernia. She mistrusts Ukrainian medics and rejected their help.

Timoshenko insists that she be examined by independent medics. She has been complaining about pains in the back. Her lawyers claim that her condition is worsening despite medical treatment.

Vlasenko stressed earlier that Timoshenko continues to reject medical examination offered by the Health Ministry. At the same time, Timoshenko has asked the administration of the Kachanivska penal colony to allow Ukrainian medics led by neurosurgeon Nikolai Polishchuk to examine her.

A commission of Ukrainian Health Ministry specialists consisting of a traumatologist, neurosurgeon, neurologist, and a physician visited Timoshenko in the cell in late January and suggested that she undergo a medical examination and take tests, but she refused.

The commission arrived at the request of the colony administration following Timoshenko's health complaints. It advised the colony's medics to continue the course of treatment earlier prescribed to Timoshenko.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said it would be ready to arrange for the work of an international medical group to examine Timoshenko.

On October 11, 2011, Timoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison for having acted in excess of her powers which had resulted in damage to national interests.

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