On today's episode of Things You Totally Shouldn't Do To Your Body, the BBC reports that a 51-year-old Chinese woman is lucky to be alive after injecting herself with a cocktail made of 20 different kinds of fruit.
The woman "suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and was put into intensive care for five days," the media outlet reported.
"I had thought fresh fruits were very nutritious and it would not do me harm by injecting them into my body," the woman said. "I had no idea that would get me into such trouble."
The injections caused the woman's skin to itch and her temperature to rise, but she did not seek treatment until after her husband became aware of her condition and had her admitted to the hospital. Doctors cleansed the woman's blood using dialysis. They also administered clotting agents and antibiotics.
Liu Jianxiu, the attending doctor, told the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald that injecting fruit juice into a vein, a health remedy that has no scientific basis, could cause liver and kidney damage or even death.
The story first garnered attention on Chinese social media site Weibo, where users employed the hashtag #OldWomanPutsJuiceIntoVeins. It soon picked up speed in other places online.
😱 Why would anyone think this a good idea? What level of stupid are they? And why on earth is 51 considered old?… https://t.co/ANS3CiKpiY— Tim (@Tim) 1552996292.0
God I love Twitter #OldWomanPutsJuiceIntoVeins— Fionntán BP Clarke. (@Fionntán BP Clarke.) 1553011938.0
#OldWomanPutsJuiceIntoVeins next step is putting mixed viruses into veins— Fenerbahçe Taraftarındır (@Fenerbahçe Taraftarındır) 1553004437.0
Reason #117 not to self-medicate: "The 51-year-old suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and was put into… https://t.co/lP0754mT6f— Randal Oulton (@Randal Oulton) 1553008493.0
She took the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" to another level 😭🍎 #OldWomanPutsJuiceIntoVeins. https://t.co/j7RubUvzFR— Alvin Carpio (@Alvin Carpio) 1553001835.0
@peeleyb I'm rather worried about the #OldWomanPutsJuiceIntoVeins when she's 4 years younger than I am. Perhaps… https://t.co/3HBRtYbYV7— Jenni Goldsmith (@Jenni Goldsmith) 1553020898.0
The woman, surnamed Zeng, was admitted into the intensive care unit at Affiliated Hospital of Xiangnan University in Hunan on February 22. She was later transferred to a general ward and discharged five days later.