A 27-year-old Russian woman, Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 27, is said to have died after medics put her on a formalin drip – a solution containing formaldehyde – instead of saline.
She was in the hospital for an unspecified but routine surgery when she was injected with formalin, normally infused into the veins of the dead to prevent decomposition.
Ekaterina suffered horrible pains and convulsions for two days before falling into a coma.She was attached to a life support machine but her heart stopped beating several times.
Her mother, Galina Baryshnikova, accused physicians of “murder” following the incident in her home city of Ulyanovsk, Russia.Her mother said the formalin had eroded Ekaterina’s body from the inside.She added that medical staff knew they had infused something wrong but failed to take the urgent steps necessary to save her daughter. Instead, they told her “to go home, cook chicken soup and stop worrying.” Ekaterina was her only child.
“I spoke to the criminal investigator and he told me it was negligence. But this is pure murder,”
Ekaterina was buried on April 7. A criminal investigation is underway.