Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition, yet British authorities assured they were on the verge of death. “A Miraculous recovery” was explained in an interview with Sky News by Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds, Alistair Hay.
According to the scientist, all nerve agents are deadly – that’s why they are “chemical weapons.” Novichok was also created in order to cause the body “irreparable” harm.
To survive after a poisoning with such a substance, according to Professor Hay, the Skripals “have only the doctors to thank, who acted quickly.”
A magic medicine, according to Hay, does not exist, which makes the treatment “something like an inaccurate science.” The existence of any specific antidote for this poison is unknown, but the Skripals were probably given one of several common antidotes.
Nerve agents are eventually metabolized and eliminated from the body, explained Hay. It is possible that Sergei and Yulia Skripal were given sleeping pills during this period in order to reduce the load on the brain, while the body fights the poison.
When the nerve agent has left the body – the body begins to produce an enzyme that was suppressed by the poisonous substance to help recover. This could account for the quick recovery of the Skripals.
Some state the Skripals were never poisoned with a military grade nerve agent at all – if that exists.