July 10, 2018 12:38 pm
Updated: July 10, 2018 12:45 pm

U.K. nerve agent victim regains consciousness after Novichok poisoning

ABOVE: Investigation underway after suspected Novichok poisoning victim in the UK dies

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LONDON – Hospital officials say they’ve seen an improvement in a man poisoned in a nerve agent attack in southwestern England.

Salisbury Hospital says Tuesday that Charlie Rowley has experienced a “small but significant improvement” and is now conscious. The 45-year old is in critical but stable condition.

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The hospital says in a statement that “while this is welcome news, clearly we are not out of the woods yet. Charlie is still very unwell.”

Rowley’s partner, 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, died after being exposed to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Police have said the working theory is that their exposure was linked to the earlier Novichok attack in March on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the city of Salisbury.

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