Doctor claims emaciated man who appeared in shocking video was never mauled by bear

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EMACIATED: A top doctor says the man was never attacked by the bear (Pic: EAST2WEST)

Disturbing footage showing the emaciated man with what appeared to be rotting flesh went viral this week after Moscow media reported he had suffered a broken spine and severe injuries.

It was claimed the man, who was identified only as Alexander, was dragged into the den of a brown bear in the Tuva region of Russia and broke his spine fighting the animal.

Russian hunters apparently found him after their dogs refused to move on past the den.

It was reported hunters checked inside the cave and saw what they thought was a mummy, but it was in fact Alexander.

But Dr Rustam Isaev, a doctor from Kazakhstan, claims the story was false after being tracked down by independent researchers.

Dr Isaev insisted the man named Alexander P was his patient and said he had been brought to the hospital suffering from chronic psoriasis (a skincondition) and other complications.

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ATTACK: It has been claimed the man was dragged into the den of a brown bear (Pic: GETTY)

He told MailOnline the man was from Kazakhstan had never been to Russia, adding the man “had been illegally filmed by medics and the footage released on the web”.

The doctor vowed to find and “fire” those responsible.

He said: “As chief doctor here I’m saying you, this is our guy, he is not from Tuva nor anywhere else in Russia.”

He said: “Alexander P is a resident of Aktobe city in Kazakhstan.

“He was treated in our hospital and at the end of this week was discharged, in satisfactory condition, into his mother’s care.

“He had been lying at home, suffering from apathy, he did not want to live. He was in a depressive state. (took off closed quote)

“He did not get treatment for his skin condition.

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ILL: Dr Isaev insisted the man had chronic psoriasis and other complications (Pic: EAST2WEST)

The doctor said Alexander he had “neglected his psoriasis” and was brought to hospital in his condition.

He added that his mother had “taken him away” and he was continuing treatment as an outpatient.

The EADaily news agency claimed Alexander had survived by drinking his own urine.

Alexander is pictured in hospital in Aktobe – 1,600 miles from Kyzyl, where it was alleged he was attacked and before he contracted psoriasis.

The senior medic said the man’s mother was ‘deeply upset’ over the video and it was important to stop the ‘rumours’,

Suspicions about the truth of the bear attack story were raised by viewers of the video – who said people in it were speaking Kazakh – and not the local Tuvan language spoke in the region where the victim was apparently found.

Every hospital in the Tuvan region also denied he had been their patient.

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