A trainee doctor, who also worked as a model, has died after taking an immune stimulating agent based on human placenta, according to law enforcement agencies in Russia.
A probe is underway into the tragic death of fifth year medical student Anna Kolyada, 22, who reportedly self-administered the Japanese drug using a drip. However she later died in hospital after becoming ill with a fever on her way to the airport to fly to Dubai.
Kolyada – who called herself an online "health coach" – suffered a build-up of fluid in the lungs, septic shock, heart failure and blood poisoning. She died ten days after being hospitalised, local media reported.
A male friend who she also administered the treatment to, businessman Dmitry Zhulin, 33, became ill and was also hospitalised but is now recovering.
A criminal case has been opened into Kolyada’s death, said the Russian Investigative Committee.
Reports say she bought the Japanese Laennec treatment from an online pharmacy without a prescription and set up a drip for herself and Zhulin without contacting a qualified medic.
A suspicion is that the drug had remained in a saline drip for several days and an “infection formed in it due to coagulated protein”.
The couple had wanted to strengthen their immune system, it was reported. They had previously taken the drug without problems.
Zhulin is a founder of a major Russian online shop called Sbermarket.
Kolyada was a student at prestigious Sechenov Medical University in Moscow.
Investigators are reported to be examining the vials with the immune stimulating agent based on human placenta.
Laennec is described by one supplier as a “unique immune stimulating agent. “For Laennec production, the placenta taken from Japanese women after a safe delivery without complications is used.”
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