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Russian officials collect body of fourth bootlegged alcohol victim

ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires | 6/6/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Officials from the Russian Embassy have taken possession of the body of Alexandr Zhbckov, after he became the fourth Russian tourist to die of poisoning by bootlegged alcohol.

Officials from the Russian Embassy have taken possession of the body of Alexandr Zhbckov, 28, after he became the fourth Russian tourist to die of poisoning by bootlegged alcohol he drank on a yacht tour in the Mediterranean city of Bodrum.

“The patient arrived [here] with very low levels of ethyl alcohol. His situation was dire; his heart had already stopped three times [in the Bodrum State Hospital.] His neurological score was at the lowest possible level. In other words, he gave no responses,” said Professor Hülya Sungurtekin, the head of the Anaesthesia and Reanimation Department in Pamukkale University’s Medical Faculty.

“We placed him under very intense supportive care. His kidneys were completely non-functional. We treated him very intensely with ethyl alcohol. But we achieved no results. It was a very heavy case of poisoning. His brain and kidneys were very severely affected. For that reason, we could not turn things around,” said Sungurtekin.

Zhbckov, who passed away on Sunday night, had arrived at Pamukkale Hospital in the province of Denizli on May 28, after being poisoned in Bodrum.

Zhbckov’s heart had stopped three more times on Sunday morning, according to Sungurtekin.

Three other Russians died last week due to bootlegged alcohol they consumed on the same boat trip with Zhbckov. Maria Shalyapina and Zalyaeva Auilia died in the Akdeniz University Hospital, while Marina Şevelyova lost her life after returning to Russia, according to the Anatolia news agency, or the AA.

More than 20 other Russian tourists who boarded the yacht on May 26 also fell ill, while the Ministry of Agriculture issued a report last week, saying that the whisky served onboard had been imported from northern Cyprus and distributed throughout the country.

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