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article imageSaif Gaddafi needs surgery for gangrenous fingers

By Katerina Nikolas     Nov 25, 2011 in World
The Ukrainian doctor attending Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in Zintan has said that the captured son of the slain Col. Gaddafi requires surgical intervention to prevent the spread of a gangrenous infection in his wounded fingers.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, captured last week by NTC fighters from Zintan and now held in custody in the same town, requires an urgent operation on his wounded hand. Doctor Andrei Murakhovsky, a Ukranian working in Libya, examined Saif on Thursday and advised he needs "surgery to remove gangrenous flesh from a severed thumb and finger" Alarabiya reported.
Although the surgical procedure required is quite simple it is uncertain when it will go ahead, as local militiamen are worried someone may attempt to assassinate Saif if he is moved to a hospital.
Speculation has been rife regarding how Saif injured his bandage hand. The Week reported that there were rumours NTC Libyan fighters had sliced off the fingers as revenge. However, Dr. Murakhovsky said the injuries were consistent with an explosion, corresponding with Saif's account of his being injured in a NATO air strike.
If Saif's injuries are not attended to with surgical intervention, the gangrenous infection could spread into his bloodstream, posing a risk to his health. As the new Libyan government has made the decision to prosecute Saif in Libya it is important for their image to ensure Saif receives treatment, as they are already under criticism from human rights groups and the United Nations for their inhumane treatment of pro-Gaddafi prisoners and other groups.
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