United Kingdom nerve agent victim released from hospital after ‘appalling experience’

Lester Mason
July 21, 2018

Director of nursing at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Lorna Wilkinson has confirmed his release, weeks after he collapsed at his home in Amesbury on June 30.

Dawn, 44, died in hospital on 8 July, around a week after she was poisoned by the chemical weapon, thought to be left over from the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March.

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

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in what investigators had described as an attempted assassination.

"Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery and all of us here at Salisbury Hospital wish him well as he continues to get better".

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

Novichok poisoning victim Charlie Rowley was discharged from a British hospital on Friday as police continued to piece together how the nerve agent claimed the life of his partner Dawn Sturgess.

Matthew, from Warminster, Wilts, said his brother recalled that Dawn had sprayed the perfume on both of her wrists.

They have since been discharged from hospital.


Public Health England's medical director Paul Cosford said Mr Rowley's discharge from hospital "creates no risk to anyone in the community".

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 UK government has blamed Russian Federation for the incident, but the country's authorities deny any involvement.

Police have said it was detected in a "small bottle" at Rowley's house.

On Thursday, a coroner's inquest was opened and adjourned for mother-of-three Ms Sturgess.

More than 100 police officers had been searching for the source of Mr Rowley and Ms Sturgess' exposure in Amesbury, where they lived, and Salisbury, where the Skripals were poisoned in March.

Investigators have trawled through thousands of hours of CCTV footage seeking to identify all pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles that passed through significant areas using facial recognition technology.

Police said the Amesbury couple had been exposed to the same military-grade nerve agent, Novichok, after touching a contaminated item, though there has been no suggestion the couple was deliberately targeted. She is believed to have been exposed to 10 times as much Novichok as the Skripals.

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