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Tuesday 21 August 2018

'I was shocked to wake from a coma to find I'd been poisoned' - Yulia

Yulia and Sergei Skripal were poisoned with Novichok
Yulia and Sergei Skripal were poisoned with Novichok

Yulia Skripal has said she wants to go back to Russia after she and her father were poisoned with a nerve agent in the UK.

Ms Skripal (33) and former Russian spy Sergei Skripal (66) were exposed to the Novichok agent on March 4 in Salisbury.

They were both admitted to Salisbury District Hospital, along with Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.

She said she hopes to return to her home country "in the longer term" but does not want assistance from the Russian Embassy.

Ms Skripal added that she had been "shocked" to wake up from a coma 20 days later and discover that they had been poisoned.

"I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked," she said.

Lucky

"We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination.

"Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful.

"The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking."

Ms Skripal described her treatment as "invasive, painful and depressing" and said that she is "grateful to all of the wonderful, kind staff at Salisbury Hospital".

"I also think fondly of those who helped us on the street on the day," she added.

Ms Skripal gave a statement yesterday at an undisclosed location in London and asked for privacy.

"We need time to recover and come to terms with everything that has happened," she said.

"I was discharged from hospital on April 9 and continue to progress with treatment but my life has been turned upside down as I try to come to terms with the devastating changes thrust upon me, both physically and emotionally.

Home

"I take one day at a time and want to help care for my dad until his full recovery. In the longer term, I hope to return home to my country.

"I'm grateful for the offers of assistance from the Russian Embassy but at the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services."

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