British man poisoned by Novichok is released from hospital 3 weeks after being exposed to the nerve agent that killed his partner

Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesEmergency workers in protective suits search around John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living after a major incident was declared when a man and woman were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on July 6, 2018 in Salisbury, England.
  • Charlie Rowley, 45, who was poisoned by the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, was released from a hospital in England three weeks after being exposed to the chemical.
  • He and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were found collapsed on June 30 in his home in Amesbury, England, where police found a bottle containing the nerve agent.
  • Sturgess died on July 8 and the police have launched a murder investigation into the matter.

A British man who was exposed to the nerve agent Novichok has been released from the hospital three weeks after being exposed to the poison, BBC News reported.

Charlie Rowley, 45, and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, 44, were found collapsed on June 30 in his home in Amesbury, England, where police found a bottle containing the nerve agent.

Sturgess, who was a mother of three, died on July 8 and the police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Rowley was in serious condition during the three weeks he was hospitalized, and his brother, Matthew, told Sky News he was impressed with his sibling’s quick recovery.

“I’m very surprised because when I first saw him I thought he would be there for months,” he said. “Obviously he’s stronger than I thought.”

Matthew Rowley previously said the nerve agent was found in a perfume bottle that Sturgess had sprayed on her wrists.

He said his brother’s recollection of the day is “very vague,” but that he had told him some details.

“He definitely said to me that they found this bottle of something and Dawn sprayed it on her wrists and that he picked it up and broke it somehow – and that’s how he got it on his hands,” Rowley told Sky News.

London Metropolitan Police, who are leading the investigation into the Novichok poisoning, said the nerve agent was found in a “small bottle” in Rowley’s Amesbury, Wiltshire, home.

Rowley and Sturgess were poisoned by the nerve agent just months after the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were exposed to Novichok.

Police officers believe the Russian government had a hand in the attempted assassination of the Skripals and are looking for more than one suspect, according to the Press Association.

The New York Times previously reported that British investigators believed the father and daughter were likely poisoned by current or former agents of Russia’s military intelligence service, known as the GRU.

Skripal spent 15 years in the GRU and became a senior officer in the service before leaving.

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