Amesbury man Charlie Rowley says Novichok will still kill him

Amesbury man Charlie Rowley says Novichok will still kill him

Published by Ellie Harries at 8:18am 9th December 2018.

Charlie was exposed the the nerve-agent in June and believes it will kill him within ten years.

Charlie Rowley has said he is "terrified" about the future and is struggling with his eyesight and mobility.

The 45-year-old was affected by the same nerve agent that was used to target ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March.

Mr Rowley and his partner, Durrington mum Dawn Sturgess, 44, were poisoned at the end of June with nerve agent - months after the Skripals were targeted.

Mum of three Dawn, died in hospital in July.

Dawn Sturgess Official Picture
Dawn died at the beginning of July from the nerve agent Novichok


Mr Rowley told the Sunday Mirror:

"I may be out of hospital but I don't feel safe. I'm terrified about the future.

"Doctors simply don't know what the long-term effects could be. The worst thing has been the fear over my sight.

"I'm struggling to see properly and to walk. I'm one of only a handful in the world to have survived novichok, so it's untrod territory.

"I feel like a guinea pig. I don't know what's going to happen from one day to the next."

He added:

"I'm still worried the novichok could kill me if I get any sort of virus again - it's on my mind all the time.  I'm dreading getting a cold.

"When I got out of hospital the first time I was pleased. But it may have been too soon because a few weeks later I was back - blind and unable to use my left arm with meningitis.

"I remember losing all balance and suffering tunnel vision. Doctors told me I'd suffered numerous strokes and I needed heart treatment and a pacemaker. It's all to do with the novichok." 

"I don't think I'll be alive in 10 years. It has been horrendous."

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