Doctors at Vienna’s elite Rudolfiner clinic on the weekend said tests over the weekend proved beyond a doubt that dioxin poisoning caused a mystery illness that’s left Mr Yushchenko disfigured and in pain since September.
“They’ve spent many days and nights with me and I am very happy to be alive in this world today,” he said.
“I thank these people for this.”
With the doctors unable to say whether it was the result of a deliberate act, Mr Yushchenko has called for an investigation to determine how he was poisoned.
But he wants it be conducted after the December 26th presidential runoff election to avoid influencing the results.
“I don’t want this factor to influence the election in some way – either as a plus or a minus,” he said before returning to Kiev.
“This question will require a great deal of time and serious investigation. Let us do it after the election — today is not the moment.”
Following the discovery of the dioxin, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general’s office said it had reopened the criminal investigation that it closed last month due to a lack of evidence.
While high concentrations of dioxin remain in his blood, doctors said Mr Yushchenko’s organs have not been damaged and he is fit for the campaign trail.
“He has almost made a complete recovery,” hospital director Dr Michael Zimpfer told The Associated Press. “His liver is fine, his pancreas is fine, but he still has residual pain.”
Mr Yushchenko’s face remains bloated and pocked, though he says he is now in good physical shape.
He no longer needs the catheter in his spine that had administered medication to treat intense back pain, but still is taking painkillers.
Doctors said that if the dose of dioxin had been greater, the 50-year-old could have been killed.
A newly developed test found Mr Yushchenko’s blood contained more than 1,000 times the normal amount of dioxin.
Dioxin is a byproduct of industrial processes such as waste incineration and chemical and pesticide manufacturing.
The massive quantities of it found in Yushchenko’s system caused chloracne, a type of adult acne caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.
The condition is treatable, but can take two to three years to heal.
Yushchenko’s party claims the findings show his opponents wanted to assassinate or disable him rather than take the risk he would defeat Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in the presidential election.
It’s a charge by Mr Yanukovich’s supporters.
The Kremlin-backed Mr Yanukovich was declared the winner before the Supreme Court annulled the vote on fraud allegations.
At a brief news conference before he was discharged from the Vienna clinic,
Mr Yushchenko compared his country’s upheaval over the election to the collapse of the Communism.
“We haven’t seen anything like that for the past 100 years,” he said.
“I think it would be appropriate to compare this to the fall of the Soviet Union or the fall of the Berlin Wall.”
After central Kiev was brought to a virtual halt for more than two weeks, he predicted “the regime that was in place for 14 years in Ukraine is now living its last days.”
The most recent opinion poll has put the opposition leader 10 percentage points ahead of Mr Yanukovich.Categories : 上海性息网