A woman in central China has almost died after injecting the juice of more than 20 types of fruit directly into her veins.
The 51-year-old woman, surnamed Zeng, was blindly following a folk remedy to improve her health and thought she could better absorb the nutrients in the fruits this way, Chinese media reported.
Shortly after administering herself an IV drip of the juice, she developed a fever and itchy skin and was taken to hospital in Chenzhou, Hunan province.
The 51-year-old woman (pictured), surnamed Zeng, was blindly following a folk remedy to improve her health and thought she could better absorb the nutrients in the fruits this way
At first she ignored her symptoms and only went to the county hospital after her shocked husband found out about the infusion on February 22, according to Xiaoxiang Morning News.
Hospital staff then transferred her to the Affiliated Hospital of Xiangnan University, where she was admitted to intensive care.
Attending doctor Liu Jianxiu told reporters that the woman suffered from a severe infection and damage to her heart, kidney and liver.
She was at risk of dying from multiple organ failure and sepsis, Dr Liu added.
Doctors administered treatment by cleaning her blood using dialysis, giving her antibiotics and injecting clotting agents, according to the newspaper.
Hospital staff said that Zeng had called a doctor to administer her an IV drip at home by pretending to be sick. After the doctor left, she swapped the liquid with her juice (file photo)
After five days of emergency treatment, Zeng's condition improved and was transferred to a kidney unit on the morning of February 27.
Hospital staff told Kan Kan News that Zeng had called a doctor to administer her an IV drip at home by pretending to be sick. After the doctor left, she swapped the liquid with her blended fruit juice.
'I thought fresh fruits were very nutritious and never thought they would be harmful by injecting them into my body,' said Zeng, who had developed an interest in alternative medicine and home remedies.
Dr Liu had warned members of the public not to follow any health practices that lack scientific basis, saying such injections would cause liver and kidney damage and could lead to death.
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