Fury over Lockerbie bomber living in luxury villa
Tripoli: Cancer-hit Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi’s ‘ever improving health’ has sparked fresh fury, as it has been reported that he is living a luxurious life six months after being at ‘death’s door’.
According to reports, Megrahi, who has defied the medical forecast that he had three months to live when he was controversially released from prison six months ago, is living with his family in a luxury villa in Libya.
It is also believed that Megrahi no longer receives hospital treatment after ending the course of chemotherapy that he had been given after returning to Libya in August 2009.
Meanwhile, a leading prostate cancer specialist, Dr Chris Parker, has cast serious doubt on the wisdom of predicting that Megrahi had only three months to live, when he still had to undergo chemotherapy.
Dr Parker, who is with the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital, said it was extremely difficult to give an accurate prognosis for individual patients.
“Studies show experts are very poor at trying to predict how long an individual patient will live for,” The Telegraph quoted Dr Parker, as saying.
Megrahi received the chemotherapy drug Docetaxel shortly after returning to Libya, and Dr Parker said: “The average prognosis for survival after Docetaxel would be 12 months. It can vary enormously, but it would be very unusual to live beyond two years.”
The latest disclosure will incense many of the relatives of those who died in the bomb blast in December 1988 when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded mid air over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground.
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