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Transportation by plane poses danger to Navalny’s condition, medics say

A medical conference concluded that a flight might pose danger to blogger Alexey Navalny’s live, who is currently in coma in Omsk Ambulance Hospital number 1, the hospital’s chief medical officer Alexander Murakhovsky told journalists Friday.

The blogger’s family insists that Navalny be transported to Germany for examination and treatment. A flight from Nuremberg, ready to transport him to German medics has already arrived in Omsk.

“My colleagues, colleagues from Moscow, together with a large conference of specialists, concluded that there are too many risks, so [Navalny] cannot be transported anywhere. […] Considering he felt normal before boarding his plane, and abruptly felt bad in the air, there is a version that the pressure difference during the takeoff may become a trigger for worsening of the patient’s condition in a form of hemodynamic changes or seizure syndrome. Therefore, the conference concluded that the flight itself may become a risk for the patient’s life,” Murakhovsky said.

According to the chief medic, Navalny’s medical condition is currently unstable and severe.

“This instability may only get bigger during takeoff and landing,” the medic added, noting that the blogger’s condition slightly improved overall since his hospitalization.

On August 20, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh disclosed that Navalny’s plane, en route from Tomsk to Moscow, conducted an emergency landing in Omsk, because Navalny suddenly felt bad. The blogger was hospitalized, he is currently in coma. According to earlier report, he was put on a ventilator.

The sudden illness of Russian blogger Alexei Navalny may have been caused by a metabolic disorder, Alexander Murakhovsky, chief of medicine of the Omsk hospital where the blogger is being treated, said on Friday.

“Today we have some working diagnoses. The main one we are arriving at is the disorder in the carbohydrate balance, that is, a metabolic disorder. It may have been caused by a sudden drop in blood sugar levels,” he said in a comment made public by the press service of the regional Healthcare Ministry.

According to the doctor, Navalny’s condition is considered unstably serious and may become worse during a plane’s takeoff or landing.

The doctor also stated that no oxybutyrates or barbiturates were detected in Navalny’s body. As for the traces of a “dangerous substance” mentioned earlier by the representatives of Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation, they were present not in the blogger’s body but on his skin and clothes. This means that it was “usual industrial chemicals,” according to the chief physician.

“As for the media reports about some chemical component being tested, actually it wasn’t a biological material but materials from the surface of skin, clothes and nails. We conducted a number of tests, this is the usual industrial chemistry which is used, for example, in plastic glasses. I confirm again that this component was found neither in the blood nor in other biological materials, but on the surface of the skin or clothes,” he commented.

Earlier, Ivan Zhdanov, lawyer of Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, quoting transport police, reported that a substance dangerous to others was found in Navalny’s body. Later a source in the law enforcement disproved this information to TASS.

On August 20, the blogger’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said that the plane carrying Navalny from Tomsk to Moscow made an emergency landing in Omsk after he suddenly felt ill mid-flight. He has been hospitalized and is in a coma. Earlier reports said that he had been connected to a lung ventilator.

Source: TASS