Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Irish breakfast might kill, but not that quickly

A bizarre coincidence, a truly dodgy piece of black pudding, or something more? --

LONDON (Reuters) - Yegor Gaidar, a former Russian prime minister, told the Financial Times he suffered a sudden, serious illness last week on a visit to Ireland.

The mystery ailment struck a day after former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital from radiation poisoning. There was no indication that radiation had been the cause of Gaidar's sickness, the newspaper said on Wednesday.

"I have suffered sudden problems with my health on November 24 which posed a threat to my life," the former premier told the newspaper in a telephone interview from a hospital in Moscow where he is undergoing tests.

"This threat has not been realized. After a few hours the situation stabilized," Gaidar said.

He was unable to explain why he fell ill, noting that it occurred after he ate a simple breakfast where he had been staying near Dublin [Maynooth], the newspaper reported.

UPDATE 1 DECEMBER: Whatever about the Irish breakfast, his case is a commentary on the state of the Irish healthcare system. He was discharged from Connolly in just 3 hours, yet subsequent developments show that he must have been seriously ill at that point.

And RTE reports that radiation tests are now being conducted on the Maynooth campus and at Connolly.

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