The man who fell ill after he was exposed to the nerve agent novichok in Amesbury has made a “small but significant improvement,” Salisbury District Hospital said in a statement on 10 July.
Charlie Rowley is now conscious and is in a critical but stable condition. Charlie’s partner, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, died on the evening of 8 July after also being exposed to novichok.
“We have seen a small but significant improvement in the condition of Charlie Rowley. He is in a critical but stable condition, and is now conscious,” said Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing at Salisbury District Hospital. “While this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet. Charlie is still very unwell and will continue to require specialist, round-the-clock care here at Salisbury District Hospital.
Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia fell ill after being targeted with the nerve agent in Salisbury on 4 March.
Scientists at the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Porton Down confirmed on 4 July that Sturgess and Rowley had been exposed to novichok.
Detectives are working on the theory that the couple were exposed to some sort of vessel containing the same batch of novichok used in the attack on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March.
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