By: ELOISE WALTON
AN ITALIAN patient in Australia was deliberately injected with vodka at a hospital in Australia in order to save his life.
The patient was intravenously administered three standard measures of vodka every hour for three days at the Mackay Base Hospital in Queensland to flush out a poison when the hospital’s supplies of ethanol ran out.
The man had consumed large quantities of ethylene glycol, a substance found in antifreeze in an attempted suicide but has now made a successful recovery.
Dr Todd Fraser from the hospital said: “Fortunately for him he was in a medically-induced coma for a good portion of that time.
“The hospital’s administrators were very understanding when we explained our reasons for buying a case of vodka.”