15:17 10.06.2013

German doctors insist on Tymoshenko's further treatment in hospital

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Doctors of the Berlin-based Charite clinic have recommended that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko continue her treatment in Kharkiv Central Clinical Hospital No. 5.

"I believe that Ms. Tymoshenko should continue her treatment and in this case, the discharge of Mrs. Tymoshenko and her return to prison would not be a positive solution," chief doctor at Berlin's Charite Clinic, Karl Max Einhaupl, told reporters on Monday.

He also said that on Monday he and his fellow doctor Anett Reisshauer were able for the first time to talk with the patient alone, without the presence of staff and outside the reach of surveillance cameras.

"We view these changes as a humane decision taken in the right direction," Einhaupl said.

He also noted the friendly attitude of Ukrainian doctors and nurses who attend to the ex-premier.

At the same time, Einhaupl said that they hadn't registered any substantial improvement in Tymoshenko's condition.

"Unfortunately, we haven't observed any serious progress in Tymoshenko's condition. Therefore, today, together with our Ukrainian counterparts, we considered what further measures should be taken. We have agreed that after almost a year and a half since the beginning of these events and the stagnation of the medical process, we should again put forward a proposal of invasive therapy," the doctor said.

According to him, they informed both the patient and her lawyer, whom the doctors met in the hospital, about the need for such therapy.

At the same time, Einhaupl said that the ex-premier herself has a very strong fear of pain, which complicates her treatment.

The decision on the next steps of Tymoshenko's treatment will be made after she has made up her mind about invasive procedures proposed by German doctors.

When asked to name the procedures in question, the German doctor said that these were very specific medical procedures, such as stereotactic measures and possible surgery.

A member of the Ukrainian part of the medical commission, Yevhen Pedochenko, for his part, told reporters that at present they were speaking only about certain medical procedures. If Tymoshenko does not trust Ukrainian specialists, she will be offered to have the procedures conducted by German experts, he said.

When asked whether a possibility of Tymoshenko's transfer to Charite clinic was discussed, Pedochenko said that it was not.

Having answered the questions of journalists, the German doctors left Central Clinical Hospital No. 5.