A woman in Russia died in a medical procedure gone wrong when she was put on a formalin drip, essentially becoming embalmed alive.
Ekaterina Fedyaeva, a 27-year-old from Russia, had an unidentified routine surgery and was to be put on a saline drip, The Sun reports.
However, she was instead hooked up to formalin, a solution used in embalming fluid.
Her mother Galina Baryshnikova recounted that her daughter had convulsions and was in pain before going into a coma.
She and her daughter’s husband Igor were not informed immediately that her only child had received formalin, only that there was a medical blunder.
When she sought doctors’ help, she allegedly found them “discussing how to tell us that a terrible mistake had been made.”
She learned that her daughter was on an artificial lung ventilator after major organs had shut down.
From the hospital, Fedyaeva was sent to a regional clinic where medics tried to rescue her with 52 drugs. A doctor at the clinic informed Baryshnikova that formalin was in her body.
Fedyaeva was then flown to Moscow for further medical attention.
There, she regained a brief moment of consciousness but eventually suffered from multiple organ failure before passing away.
Her remains were interred on April 7.
The case is currently under a criminal investigation. – Philippines Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network