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Doctor: Tymoshenko recommended bed rest, illness not yet diagnosed

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Nov. 11, 2011, 6:32 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
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A medical commission is working to diagnose the illness of former prime minister of Ukraine and Batkivschyna Party Leader Yulia Tymoshenko. "We are currently conducting a range of diagnostic measures to [diagnose] the disease, then next we will finally decide on a strategy for treatment," a member of the medical team of the Health Ministry, Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Bogomolets National Medical University, Oleksandr Buryanov, said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.

He noted that they had already given certain recommendations to Tymoshenko.

"According to the commission's findings... the prescriptions include a bed rest to prevent possible complications," Buryanov said.

He pointed out that Tymoshenko was able to get out of bed and take care of herself, and that she could communicate.

When asked by journalists whether Tymoshenko's health had deteriorated during her stay in custody, Buryanov said that the commission examined the ex-premier on November 7 and 9, and didn't notice any deterioration during that time.

"There was a definite improvement, [and] we haven't noticed any deterioration so far," he said.

He also added that Tymoshenko was undergoing treatment. At present, the commission is made up of four doctors, and if necessary more specialists will be engaged, Buryanov added.

The doctor expressed his confidence that a final diagnosis would be made soon.
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