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British Man Poisoned by Novichok Is Released From Hospital


A British man who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in an episode that killed his partner and substantially worsened relations between Britain and Russia was released from a hospital in Salisbury, England, on Friday.

The man, Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were poisoned by the chemical on July 1 in Amesbury, in southern England, after handling a small bottle of Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union.

Both Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess were hospitalized after being found unresponsive, and Ms. Sturgess died on July 8.

Their case was linked to the March poisoning of a Russian double agent, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia. British authorities say the Skripals were poisoned by the same nerve agent, though Russia has denied the accusations that it was to blame.

The working theory is that Mr. Rowley and Ms. Sturgess accidentally came into contact with residue from materials used to carry out the attack on the Skripals.

Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement that Mr. Rowley’s release was “also a day tinged with sadness” over the death of Ms. Sturgess.

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Charlie Rowley and his girlfriend were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok on July 1. She died, but he survived.Creditvia Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

“Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine,” Ms. Wilkinson said in a statement released by the hospital. “Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery.”

She said the hospital worked closely with public health officials to determine that Mr. Rowley posed no risk to others in the community, and that he had been “decontaminated.”


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