Vlasenko: Foreign doctors noted severe illness of Tymoshenko

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Feb. 16, 2012, 2:58 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Independent foreign doctors have diagnosed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko as being very ill, her defense lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, has said. "As far as I know, the German doctors noted serious problems with Tymoshenko's health. The Canadian doctors also diagnosed serious problems. As far as I understand, independent foreign doctors are talking about absolutely different methods of medical treatment and are not ruling out surgery," he said on Thursday near the Kachanivska penal colony in Kharkiv, where the former prime minister is imprisoned.

Vlasenko also noted that disagreements with Health Ministry experts had never concerned Tymoshenko's diagnosis, but only the assessment of her health and methods of medical treatment.

"It's something like this - both commissions state that the patient has a broken leg, but the Health Ministry proposes treating this leg with a game of football, whereas independent doctors say: 'It's necessary have a cast and ensure rest,'" he said.

Vlasenko expressed confidence that Tymoshenko would fulfill the recommendations of foreign doctors after they make their final conclusions. He said that the ex-premier hoped to get the final recommendations in the next few days.

Earlier, on Thursday, a member of the medical commission, Head of the Romodanov Institute of Neurosurgery, Yevhen Pedachenko, said in Kharkiv that Tymoshenko did not need surgery.

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