Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova commented on Ivan Fokin’s condition after visiting Moscow's Research Institute for Children's Emergency Surgery and Traumatology on Monday.
Skvortsova said that the boy has a voice which is “a very good sign.” She went on to say that boy’s “general metabolism has stabilised,” adding “he produces good urine in sufficient quantity.”
The minister also... Еще mentioned that there are “no necrotic areas” on the boy’s frostbitten leg, specifying, though, that “the healing process will be very long.”
Russian paediatrician Leonid Roshal said that Ivan’s condition is “a small Christmas gift” to his parents as well as to all Russian people.”
“There is a fairly large number of problems. I think, that it will take him more than month to leave bed and recover,” Roshal added.
Ten-month old infant Ivan Fokin spent about 36 hours in freezing conditions under the rubble of the building collapsed in Magnitogorsk. He was found by the rescue team on January 1st.
Fokin was then delivered to the local hospital in a serious condition with multiple injuries and hypothermia. The same day the infant was transported by plane from Magnitogorsk to Moscow's Research Institute for Children's Emergency Surgery and Traumatology. His mother Olga Fokina travelled with him.
Ivan survived because he was wrapped up warm in his cot when the building collapsed. The emergency services also employed hot air blowers to stave off the cold.
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