A criminal investigation is underway in Russia after a woman died allegedly due to medics putting her on a formalin drip instead of saline. The formalin solution contains formaldehyde, which is used to keep corpses from decomposing.
The Sun reports that 27-year-old Ekaterina Fedyaeva was in the hospital for a routine surgery when she was injected with the formalin. After going into a coma in her hometown of Ulyanovsk, Russia, she was rushed to Moscow in an attempt to save her life. She died there two days later.
Medical professionals have not come forward with full details yet. A female doctor told The Sun, "A medical mistake took place."
While formaldehyde is a naturally occurring compound, exposure is extremely dangerous due to its high levels of toxicity.