But who ever thought that even a doctor and nurse would be poisoned to rescue a patient. The female patient was named “Venomous Lady”.
Gloria Ramirez, a housewife in Riverside County, California, USA, is a mother of two children and had a happy life. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer in 1994.
Gloria was just 30 years old. She has been healing at home and receiving chemotherapy, and is expected to live a few more years.
But surprisingly, Gloria was bad on February 19. She began to have a rapid heartbeat, decreased blood pressure, shortness of breath, and couldn’t even answer questions consistently.
At 8:15 pm, she was taken to a local general hospital (Riverside County Regional Medical Center) by ambulance for rescue.
But the moment she was pushed into the emergency room, she did not expect that she would become the most toxic patient in history in the next half hour.
To alleviate tachyarrhythmia, medical staff first injected Gloria with several drugs to calm her down. But seeing that her heartbeat was still rapid, she could only perform defibrillation. However, strange things happened when Gloria’s clothes were taken off in preparation for an electric shock.
At that moment everyone noticed that her bare skin was oily and shiny as if she had just been oiled. Moreover, there was a strong strange smell in her mouth, like rotten fruit mixed with garlic. Immediately after, the busy medical staff surrounding Gloria fainted one by one.
The first to fall was a female nurse named Susan Kane, who was responsible for drawing blood for Ramirez. During the blood draw, she smelled of ammonia. In the blood sample collected, there were also some gray-white unknown particles floating.
When Susan handed the blood sample to female doctor Julie Gorchynski, she felt wrong. Suffering from dizziness, nausea, and burning on his face, Susan quickly lost consciousness.
In order to continue to rescue the female patient on the bed, the crowd quickly lifted nurse Susan out of the emergency room. But weird things only started. The female doctor, Julie, who had received the blood sample, quickly felt dizzy and had to rest at the nurse’s station.
At that time, colleagues came to ask how the situation was. But obviously, female doctors are not good either. She fell to the ground before she could answer, and became the next victim.
The third accident was caused by respiratory therapist Maureen Welch. She was in the emergency team and was initially responsible for the rescue of female patients. The hospital set up an emergency team. All patients in the hospital were temporarily evacuated to the parking lot. Due to concerns about the secondary spread of toxic chemicals, all medical staff’s clothes were cut off and sealed in plastic bags.
Although the female patient lying in the emergency room looked very dangerous, the hospital did not give up treatment. The emergency room still has a very small number of personnel to perform the most basic rescue of Gloria. After 45 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, the female patient still declared dead at 8.50pm.
Her body was soon sealed in a sealed aluminum coffin. But the strange thing did not return to normal with the death of the female patient. At that time, nurse Sally Balderas, who had pushed the female patient’s body into the isolation room, quickly fainted.
Another nurse also began to be unable to move her limbs and was paralyzed. In the evening, 23 of the 37 emergency room staff developed symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, burning skin, temporary Paralysis and so on.
After the incident, the scene was quickly blocked. The rushed staff first carried out a comprehensive search of the emergency room based on the symptoms of the wounded. Later, the scope of the inspection was extended to the entire hospital, but no toxic chemicals were found. At this time, I can only hope to find the answer from Gloria.
A week later, an autopsy of Gloria arrived as scheduled. However, this is not a regular autopsy. Worried that Gloria’s body was still releasing gas after death, even pathologists wore gas masks. Gloria’s death certificate column simply stated that “advanced cervical cancer led to renal failure and eventually died of arrhythmia.”
Moreover, the pathologist did not find any evidence that her body was contaminated with toxic substances. A total of three autopsies were performed on Gloria’s body before and after the burial. His body tissue was sent to more than 20 laboratories for testing, but no clues were found. It must be said that only dimethyl sulfone (DMSO) content exceeds the standard, but this thing is not poisonous at all.
All signs show that this female patient is not highly toxic. It is strange. How can the 23 medical staff who were laid down in the hospital explain? Due to the lack of substantial pathogenic factors, this incident was considered to be a collective hysteria *.
In other words, the medical staff only collectively developed hallucinations. And this incident also has some typical characteristics of collective hysteria. For example, the trigger condition is a strange smell, and there are far more female victims than males.
In addition, Gloria had contact with the staff on the ambulance, and they did not experience symptoms.
- Note: The so-called collective hysteria refers to a mental disorder caused by the interaction between many people under certain stress-related factors.
But this conclusion, of course, cannot convince the public. Collective hysteria is more common in people with high stress and weaker mental quality. According to common sense, the occurrence of collective hysteria in medical personnel with higher psychological quality is uncommon. Moreover, collective hysteria can be clearly recognized after receiving psychological treatment. But it was the medical staff that night who stood up against the theory of collective hysteria.
The most violent objection was the female doctor Julie. You know, she lived in the intensive care unit for two weeks after contacting the female patient. Her severe breathing problems, hepatitis, and pancreatitis all afflicted her.
In addition, she was unable to move below the knee due to ischemic necrosis and was unable to stand. So, in addition to lying in the intensive care unit for two months, she was in a wheelchair for several months. In the past cases of collective hysteria, there have never been symptoms of ischemic necrosis.
She and the other injured medical staff brought the hospital to court. At the same time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) also began an in-depth investigation.
The researchers then focused on previously detected excess dimethyl sulfone (DMSO). Why does Gloria have such a high level of dimethylsulfone? This is related to the cancer pain medication DMSO that she used extensively during her lifetime. The biochemical precursor of dimethyl sulfone is dimethyl sulfoxide.
As an analgesic and anti-inflammatory, dimethyl sulfoxide can prevent the transmission of painful neural signals. However, animal experiments have shown that long-term exposure to dimethyl sulfoxide can affect the lens of animal eyes.
As a result, this potential drug stopped clinical trials.
But at the same time, dimethyl sulfoxide has become popular in the folk, mostly used in athletes’ arthritis and muscle strain. Gloria also hopes that dimethyl sulfoxide can help her reduce the pain caused by cancer.
The medical staff saw that Gloria’s whole body was shiny, which was the effect of applying such ointments in large quantities. Moreover, according to user reports, dimethyl sulfoxide does have a garlic-like flavor. In addition, Gloria inhaled a lot of oxygen during the rescue process, which also caused the oxidation of dimethyl sulfoxide to dimethyl sulfone.
Dimethyl sulfone is known to crystallize at room temperature. The emergency room is colder than other rooms, only 18 degrees Celsius. This corresponds to the off-white crystals observed during the blood draw. The problem is that neither dimethyl sulfone nor dimethyl sulfoxide is highly toxic.
There may be a mechanism (such as a shock from a defibrillation of the heart) that allows dimethyl sulfone to combine with more oxygen atoms and convert it into dimethyl sulfate (DMSO). Dimethyl sulfate is an alarming chemical that was once listed as a chemical candidate for chemical weapons. One cubic meter of air contains only 0.5 grams, and humans will die within 10 minutes of exposure. The poisoned person may experience convulsions, paralysis, coma, and delayed kidney, liver, and heart damage.
Of the 20 symptoms reported, only nausea and vomiting were not symptoms of dimethyl sulfate exposure. During the blood draw, dimethyl sulfate evaporates from the blood. As a result, the staff of the emergency room suffered from yang, and they were poisoned and fell. Moreover, the medical staff was indeed the closest to the female patient’s IV.
Finally, dimethyl sulfate is completely evaporated or broken down into other components in the blood.
So, this creepy and toxic component escaped the search of researchers that night. Because many scientists have tried to repeat this chemical process, but have never been successful. People simply cannot figure out the conditions under which dimethyl sulfone is converted into dimethyl sulfate.
Moreover, the most obvious symptom of dimethyl sulfate exposure is irritation and tears in both eyes. However, none of the victims at the scene showed this symptom.
The last explanation is that there may be a secret laboratory in the hospital where the methamphetamine (ie, methamphetamine) was illegally manufactured. The paramedics gave Gloria the wrong solution. The IV bag may be filled with methylamine, a precursor that produces methamphetamine.
The main factor supporting this hypothesis was the unique ammonia odor that was smelled at the time.
In fact, there have been different opinions about Gloria’s death and the poisoning of medical staff. But all ended without problems. To this day, almost no one will follow up. For this case, the most dynamic is the various film and television works. The word “Very Poisonous Lady” is enough to attract. However, it is not known whether this female patient contains highly toxic substances. It may be even harder to know what happened that night.