A 64-year-old woman in Kunming has consumed toxic mushroom for the past eight years in an attempt to see visions of her daughter, who passed away 15 years ago.
The woman, surnamed Wang, was sent to the hospital on Tuesday morning after getting mushroom poisoning from a toxic fungi she ingested called Boletus luridus. The doctor in the accident and emergency unit said that he had been treating Wang for a number of years for the same cause. “Wang’s daughter died 15 years ago in a car accident. She would go to the market to buy the toxic mushroom in June every year in an attempt to get mushroom poisoning and see her daughter in an illusion,” he said.
While reporters were in the room, Wang cried on the bed and said: “Why couldn’t I see my daughter again? This year, I could see different things [after getting mushroom poisoning] but I couldn’t see my daughter.”
She said she first hallucinated seeing her daughter after consuming toxic mushrooms eight years ago at her friend’s place. Although she came down with diarrhea and some other unpleasant syndromes, she felt blissful. She said that she could see a drawing made by her daughter when she was only 10 in her illusion.
“She said that her birthday was my suffering day. I lost the drawing when I moved from the house. Yet, I could see every part of of it clearly,” Wang said.
Wang believes that she couldn’t see her daughter this year because of an inadequate amount of toxic mushrooms or because of a bad cooking method. Every year, she would reportedly ingest the ‘shrooms and “see” many strange things, yet, she she never saw her daughter after the first time.
Wang Jin, a doctor at Yunnan University Hospital, said that the hallucinatory side effects from consuming toxic Boletus luridus are caused by alkaloids found in some mushrooms. He added that the probability of having the same “illusion” by eating the same amount of toxic mushrooms is nearly zero. As everyone has a different response towards such effects, he advised Wang not to risk her life again.
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By Jennifer Hui