August 26, 2008

Four Plane Crash Victims Discharged From Kyrgyz Hospital

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency

Bishkek, 26 August: Four victims of a plane crash near Bishkek have been discharged from hospital.

"The first four people, out of 18 who were taken to hospital after being injured in the plane crash near Bishkek, have been discharged from the city centre for traumatology and orthopedics," the Kyrgyz Health Ministry's press service told the Interfax news agency today.

The chief physician of the Bishkek centre for traumatology and orthopedics, Ramis Usenbekov, said that 14 people, including eight Iranian and six Kyrgyz citizens, currently remained in the centre. Of them, two people are in the intensive care department. One patient was transferred from the intensive care department to the toxicology department, where other seven victims are receiving treatment. Three patients were hospitalized to the burn department and one person is in the backbone injuries department.

Among the people taken to hospital, the state of a 17-year old Kyrgyz citizen, who burnt 50 per cent of his body, causes concern among physicians.

Besides, one more victim, Elena Kugusheva, who was born in 1965, is in the neurosurgery department of the [Kyrgyz] national hospital.

[Passage omitted: background on the crash]

Originally published by Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency, Almaty, in Russian 0640 26 Aug 08.

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