Adding to the intrigue, the Austrian doctors who treated him have asked foreign experts to help determine if his symptoms may have been caused by toxins found in biological weapons.
Medical experts said they may never know for sure what befell Yushchenko.
But the illness, whatever it was, has dramatically changed his appearance since he first sought treatment at Vienna's private Rudolfinerhaus clinic on September 10.
…At Rudolfinerhaus, Yushchenko underwent a week of intensive treatment for several illnesses, including acute pancreatitis, a viral skin disease and nerve paralysis on the left side of his face, Korpan said.
Clinic director Michael Zimpfer said doctors were unable to explain some of Yushchenko's symptoms, particularly his strong backaches.
He said they could not rule out stress or a viral infection.
Yushchenko's doctors in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said they had determined that "chemicals not of a food origin'' had triggered the illness.
If you are curious to see a before and after picture, then go ahead and click on the link to the story above. They say ("they" is the media) that Yushchenko had doggedly handsome movie star looks. If you see him today, then you would think otherwise.
There are a couple of reasons why I find it important to comment on this newsworthy piece. For one, this man is running for President in Ukraine. Apparently, there are some allegations that the ballot count was fraudulent and he appealed the count. They believe the fraud took place with the absentee ballots and he wants another way of handling ballots to prevent this in the future. At any rate, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, unofficially backs his opponent. I cannot help but notice that there’s some malarkey going on over there. So I’m going to point it out here: Putin pretty much just said to Russian people, “I’m the President, that’s it.” His opponent disappeared, couldn’t be found. Now these are just things I recall from reading the news (and I read online newspapers from all over the world). I thought that was very dictator-like in actions. But apparently, Russia’s leadership wants to go back to Communism and that’s their freedom to choose that. I just thought it was creepy how things were being handled. And now, here’s this election in Ukraine and suddenly the one who is not backed by Putin looks like he has copper poisoning.
Only God really knows. But these doctors have no clue what Yushchenko ingested or came into contact with that turned him into a gray-skinned, pock-faced, teary-eyed, human freak-of-biohazard-accidents.
I have seen a guy that had skin like that come into the clinic. I was told the guy had copper poisoning. It changes your skin color. But he didn’t have the pock marks on his face or the watering eye problem.
I hope the truth comes out about Yushchenko’s condition. Enquiring minds want to know. And if there is corruption going on, then it needs to be exposed.