A police officer is dead after contracting tuberculosis from a suspect who spat in her face.
Arina Koltsova, 35, arrested a man on New Year’s Day when the suspect spat in her face, the Daily Mail reported. She didn’t know at the time that the man had tuberculosis.
Koltsova went untreated for some time, until one day she collapsed at work. Then she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and began treatment.
“She became ill after the New Year,” her partner on duty, Officer Mikhail Kindrakevich, told the Daily Mail. “She arrested this guy and he spat in her face. Some time later she collapsed. She was being treated. She was undergoing chemotherapy, she was being fed through an IV line and she had lost a lot of weight.”
Koltsova died and was buried in Kyiv two days later.
“This is an irreparable loss for the entire Kiev police force, good memories of Arina will forever remain in our hearts,” Koltsova Police Department wrote on its social media page.
“Arina wanted to change something for our country,” wrote one of her friends. “Joining the police force was a conscious decision, she wanted to change things for the better.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, tuberculosis can be treated by taking antibiotics for six to 12 months. Some cases can be drug-resistant and not easily treated. It’s unclear if Koltsova had a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis, or if she wasn’t diagnosed quickly enough for effective treatment.
It is unclear if the suspect will be charged in Koltsova’s death.
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