No patient would like to think that their surgical procedure would go wrong due to the incompetence and negligence of medical practitioners. Unfortunately, even though doctors are supposed to keep their patients safe at all times, surgical errors do happen. Such was the case with Ekaterina Fedyaeva, a Russian woman who died two days after what was supposed to be a routine surgery.
The Russian patient needed to undergo a laparoscopic procedure to remove her ovarian cysts.
Unfortunately, the 28-year-old woman passed away after medical practitioners mistakenly injected her with formaldehyde, a substance commonly used to preserve dead bodies. According to a report by ABC Action News, the doctors were supposed to give her a saline solution.
After she was literally embalmed alive by her errant surgeons, Ekaterina started experiencing horrific convulsions. She even told her mother that she was dying. She braved the pain for two days before she fell into the state of unconsciousness.
Ekaterina’s mother, Galina Baryshnikova, narrated:
“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. The formalin was simply eroding her body from inside.”
She was transferred to a hospital in Moscow wherein she was attached to a life support device as her organs were starting to fail. The doctors tried everything to keep her alive, but Ekaterina’s body eventually gave up.
Her mother, who was in complete disbelief, said,
“This is pure murder.”
Rashid Abdullov, Russia’s minister of health, family, and social well-being, apologized to the family of the deceased and assured them that the government will help with the necessary support.
“I express my sincere condolences to the relatives and relatives of Catherine Fedjaevoj. It’s a big tragedy! We will provide all the necessary assistance to the family. All the guilty officials have already been held accountable, the investigating authorities continue to work.”
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