A Russian woman has died after being embalmed alive due to a medical blunder in a local hospital. Ekaterina Fedyaeva, 27, was in hospital in Ulyanovsk for a routine surgery and was supposed to be connected up to a saline drip but it's believed that doctor's accidentally attached her to a formalin drip instead. Formalin is a saturated water solution, made of 40% formaldehyde by volume, and Ekaterina quickly started convulsing. Formaldehyde is the substance used to preserve corpses and drinking just a 30 millilitre serving of formalin can kill an adult, or cause convulsions, stomach pain, vertigo and other side effects. She was rushed to a top Moscow hospital for treatment, but fell into a coma within two days from multiple organ failure.
Her mother, Galina Baryshnikova, spoke to local press to talk about the hospital's tragic mistake: “Her legs were moving, she had convulsions, her whole body was shaking. 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. No doctor came to see her although she was coming round from anaesthetic. We had no idea it was formalin. And they knew very well that they washed up her body with a poison - and they did nothing to help… Now I understand that formalin was simply eroding her body from inside. People who performed the surgery already knew that they infused something wrong. They needed to take some urgent measures - but they did nothing. I begged – ‘please help her, she is my only child'. I think they just wanted me to go away and to hide everything.”
Galina went to look for the doctor's of the hospital, and found them in a huddle 'discussing how to tell us that a terrible mistake had been made'. The hospital refused to admit exactly what had happened, and the female chief doctor told her: “A medical mistake took place. She is in coma now, her heart, lungs and liver stopped working. She is attached to an artificial lung ventilator.” Medics used 52 drugs in a desperate attempt to save the woman but she tragically died. Ekaterina's mother said: "It is such a crime. I spoke to the criminal investigator, and he told me it was negligence. But this is pure murder.” Ekaterina was buried on April 7 and a criminal investigation has been launched into her death.