The medical treatment of Ukraine’s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been successfully completed, Health Minister Raisa Bohatyriova said on Friday.
Tymoshenko, who is serving seven years in jail for abuse of office, had severe back pain that prevented her from walking. Doctors from Germany's Charite clinic who examined her in early May diagnosed Tymoshenko with “an acute form of disk herniation."
“The rehabilitation process has been successfully completed,” Bohatyriova told Ukraine’s Fifth TV channel, citing the international commission of German and Ukrainian doctors that oversaw Tymoshenko's treatment.
Tymoshenko is now very active, she said. "This indicates the patient's health is improving and that her treatment has had a positive outcome," Bohatyriova said.
But she also said there are now no grounds for Tymoshenko to have a long-term stay in hospital based on established standards of treatment.
"For unknown reasons, German doctors from the Charite Center have canceled visits to Tymoshenko by their representatives. None of the German doctors have come to Ukraine and examined Tymoshenko for 16 days. They have communicated with the patient only by phone. That makes it impossible to adopt a plan for Tymoshenko's further treatment with the German doctors," Bohatyriova said.