Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PhD Girl Is Killed by Chinese Treatment; 25-Year-Old Dies after Taking a Traditional Herbal Remedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

PhD Girl Is Killed by Chinese Treatment; 25-Year-Old Dies after Taking a Traditional Herbal Remedy

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Byline: By TOM MULLEN

CHINESE herbal medicine killed a brilliant young student, an inquest heard.

Ling 'Carrie' Wang, 25, a graduate from Newcastle University, used a traditional Chinese remedy to treat stomach upsets and a skin rash.

But, after taking the treatment she was admitted to hospital and fell into a coma.

The mystery medicine, which doctors said was hard to analyse, caused Miss Wang's liver and other organs to shut down.

After hearing evidence from three specialists, Newcastle Coroner Karen Graham said there could be no other reason for the PhD student's death.

She said: "Her liver failure was due to the reaction of her body to Chinese herbal medicine."

It is not known where Miss Wang was given the medicine, which doctors said could have been a remedy called Jin Bu Huan.

Jin Bu Huan is a remedy available as a tea or a pill and is said to have painkilling properties. Studies have shown it can affect the liver.

Dr Stephen Stuart, a consultant pathologist at the Freeman Hospital, said: "When I first met Ling she was very unwell.

"Her blood pressure was low and her heart beat was very quick and she was not able to hold a conversation. She became comatose. We suspected it was a Chinese herbal remedy of some type.

"That would be one of the agents that could do this. I did not feel she was going to survive at that point."

Today, friends paid tribute to the close friend they knew as 'Carrie'.

Lisa Short, 27, of Monkseaton, knew Miss Wang for more than four years after meeting her through Jesmond Parish Church.

She said: "I was working as a parish assistant when I first met Carrie.

"There was a weekly meeting for the international students at a cafe called the Globe and I would see her regularly.

"We would eat chocolate together. She loved chocolate, she would eat far too many chocolate biscuits. …

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