WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 27-year old Russian woman, unfortunately, died after she was administered formaldehyde instead of saline drip during a surgery.
- The horrific medical blunder happened when medics accidentally gave the woman an IV bag containing a solution used to prevent dead bodies from decomposing.
- Ekaterina Fedyaeva came out of surgery suffering from excruciating pain and convulsions that went on for two days before she became comatose.
Ekaterina Fedyaeva was advised she needed surgery after being diagnosed with ovarian cysts. She had been in hospital in Ulyanovsk, a city in western Russia, where she underwent a routine surgery.
Fedyaeva’s mother, Galina Baryshnikova, has accused medical staff of ‘murder’ after they mistakenly administered a formalin drip on her daughter instead of saline drip. Formalin, a solution containing formaldehyde, is often used as embalming fluid to preserve corpses.
Baryshnikova and Fedyaeva’s husband Igor were with her immediately after the surgery.
“Her legs were moving, she had convulsions, her whole body was shaking,’ Baryshnikova said. “I put socks on her, then a robe, then a blanket but she was shivering to such an extent, I can’t even describe it.”
According to Tass, Russia’s state news agency, the medical team tried to wash Fedyaeva’s abdominal cavity, but unfortunately, it was too late.
Baryshnikova alleged that medical personnel knew of their deadly mistake for hours but still did nothing to help her daughter.
“They needed to take some urgent measures, but they did nothing,” Baryshnikova claimed. “I begged, ‘please help her, she is my only child.’ I think they just wanted me to go away and to hide everything.”
The grieving mother said she found out about the accident when she heard a group of doctors silently discussing how to explain the incident to Fedyaeva’s family.
Fedyaeva was in severe pain and suffered convulsions for two days after the surgery. She fell into a coma and was attached to a life support machine before being flown to a larger hospital in Moscow. She reportedly awoke from her coma but died shortly due to multiple organ failures.
The National Post reported that the governor of Ulyanovsk and local authorities have started a criminal investigation into the incident.
Source: Daily Mail