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"Amputate or Die": New drama about ice dance Olympic champion Roman Kostomarow


The bad news about the fate of the Russian figure skating star does not stop. After a brief hope, Kostomarow is threatened with the next operation.

The bad news about the fate of the Russian figure skating star does not stop.

After a brief hope, Kostomarow is threatened with the next operation.

Moscow – After good news and a bit of hope, the drama about Roman Kostomarov continues.

According to consistent media reports, the doctors of the former ice dance Olympic champion will probably have to amputate the 45-year-old again.

According to the Russian portal

, Kostomarov is now in danger of losing his entire left hand after amputations on his feet.

Previously, a medical intervention had meant that Kostomarov had already amputated several fingers on his hand.

New drama about Roman Kostomarow: necrosis in the left hand – amputation of ice dance Olympic champion

In fact, the health of the former Turin Olympic champion had given reason for hope, as Kostomarov came out of a coma, apparently responded to therapy and was even able to communicate with his wife.

But the recent development writes another chapter in the drama about the well-known figure skater.

The reason for the upcoming operation is a significant deterioration in the state of health of the left hand.

A recent diagnosis found a necrosis.

The trigger is probably sepsis.

Blood poisoning causes an immune response in the body that can lead to organ damage.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis or blood poisoning or bloodstream infection can arise as a life-threatening complication of a wide variety of infectious diseases.

This leads to a dysregulation of the body's own defense reaction to an infection.

The result can be organ damage.

What are the symptoms of sepsis?

Patients with blood poisoning generally have the following symptoms:

Fever (temperature above 38°C), often with chills, especially in the early stages.

In some

In some cases, however, the patients do not have a fever, but can also have a body temperature below 36 °C

(“hypothermia”), especially if they are very old or very young.

Shortness of breath (“hyperventilation” or rapid breathing) leading to shortness of breath

Flushing of the skin, sometimes associated with a rash

Accelerated heartbeat (“tachycardia”)

Severe impairment of the general condition


Jena University Hospital


"Amputate or die": After Kostomarov's blood poisoning, only a few options remain

The drama surrounding Kostomarov began with life-threatening pneumonia, which led to amputations on the figure skating star's left and legs.

Nevertheless, the 46-year-old suffered cerebral hemorrhage and even two strokes.

As a result, the former Olympic champion in ice dancing was put into an artificial coma, from which he woke up and apparently was on the mend.


Famous figure skater Roman Kostomarov continues to fight for his life.

The Russian's doctors will probably have to amputate his left hand again.

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The new diagnosis came as a shock.

Because in the situation in which Kostomarov finds himself, there are only a few options: "Amputate or die," says Dr.

Christoph Specht at


from his assessment.

The hand must be removed from the knuckle.

After sepsis in Roman Kostamarow: figure skaters were even lucky

The general practitioner and medical journalist

further explained that the body's immune reaction could cause the vessels to clump together.

The cause of the blood poisoning could be errors in the previous amputations.

The doctor suspects that too few amputations were made or that the situation in the well-perfused areas could have deteriorated.

In his view, Kostomarov was lucky.

Had the poisoning been diagnosed a few hours later, the Olympic champion would likely have died.

The hope and fear is now going into the next round.

In Russia, the fate of the former Olympic champion continues to move people.

"A terrible tragedy," said a man who was asked on the street about the drama of the famous figure skater fighting for his life.

"I wish him perseverance and his family, of course his needs a lot of strength." (



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Source: merkur

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