Family hospitalised after eating mushrooms

2014-10-28 14:44


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Johannesburg - A family of five in rural Nyuswa, KwaZulu-Natal, became critically ill after eating wild mushrooms, provincial emergency medical services said on Tuesday.

Emergency services in the Ilembe district treated two boys, aged two and 17, and three women, one aged 79, on Monday afternoon, spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said in a statement.

"Initial investigations by the paramedics and neighbours are that the family had eaten a dinner and that wild mushrooms that they had found growing had been used as ingredients in the meal."

"Paramedics had to work frantically to provide the required emergency medical care, along the dark rural road that the patients had been brought to from their house down a valley by neighbours."

The whole family required advanced life support, before they were taken to Osindisweni Hospital.

"The case took several hours to complete due to its rural location, the condition of the patients and the condition of the roads which lead to the area," Mckenzie said.

He warned people against eating wild mushrooms.


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