TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - At the present time media inquiries
regarding the Canadian medical mission that examined Ms. Yulia
Tymoshenko will be directed through Canada's Department of Foreign
Affairs or the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).
The following statements were made by independent medical mission
members, Dr. Christine Derzko, Dr. George Rewa and Dr. Peter Kujtan:
"At the outset we would like to state how proud of and grateful to the
Government of Canada we are for the strong position it has taken
internationally on the Tymoshenko matter with respect to her health
needs," stated Dr. Christine Derzko, MD, FRCSC. "The Canadian
government through the ministry of Foreign Affairs wasted no time in
turning words into action and no effort was spared in getting the
Canadian humanitarian mission underway. Ms. Tymoshenko asked that we
express her deepest gratitude to the Government of Canada for this
"As we watched, every attempt at intimidation by Ukrainian state
authorities failed because Ms. Tymoshenko refused to be cowed. In a
quiet commanding voice she stated her position that Ukrainian law gave
her the right to health care and to her choice of a physician, each
time quoting the exact article of law which supported her position,"
concluded Dr. Derzko.
"After meeting and examining Ms. Tymoshenko, it is my opinion that she
requires confidential blood and toxicology testing. Even though the
Canadian team had point of care testing equipment which could produce
results immediately, the Ukrainian authorities refused to allow its
use, stating that we would be breaking several laws of the land and
could face prosecution," stated Dr. Peter Kujtan, MD, PhD. "It was
pointed out to them that it was the Ukrainian Government who invited us
to carry out an examination, and that these testing items were listed
on the original manifest."
"Ms. Tymoshenko was in full agreement and requested confidential and
independent testing. The authorities also prevented the collection of
any specimens vital for analysis. Any reports that she refused
independent testing are false," continued Dr. Kujtan. "I believe that
this lady is ill and in constant pain and requires toxicology and other
laboratory testing. I also expressed concerns about injected
substances she received that are banned in Canada. "
" At the start and end of our report we identified the general state of
health of Ms. Tymoshenko as "nezadovilne" that is not satisfactory
and which the Ukrainian doctors agreed is best translated as "severely
disabled," stated Dr. George Rewa, MD, FACC, FCCP, FAHA, FACP, FRCPC .
A comprehensive statement will be released next week.
SOURCE Ukrainian Canadian Congress
For further information:
Executive Director, Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Phone: (613) 232-8822 or Cell: (613) 299-8888
Press Secretary at Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada.
Phone: (613) 995-1851.