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Texas woman poisoned by napkin after birthday dinner at restaurant: ‘I couldn’t breathe’


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A woman in Houston says she was sent to hospital after touching a towel on her car door that was apparently poisoned.

Erin Mims was at a restaurant in Houston to celebrate her birthday Tuesday afternoon with her husband, but when the couple returned to their car, a napkin was at the door, according to FOX 26.

Mims said she threw in the towel and didn’t think much of it.

“I just threw it away,” Mims said. “I opened the door with my fingertips. I asked my husband, did you put a towel in the door? And he said no.”

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Erin Mims was at a restaurant in Houston to celebrate her birthday Tuesday afternoon with her husband, but when the couple returned to their car, a napkin was at the door, according to FOX 26.
(FOX 26)

The woman returned to the restaurant and washed her hands before getting back in her car, but said her fingers suddenly started to tingle and then the symptoms gradually got worse.

“Maybe five minutes my whole arm started to tingle and feel numb. I couldn’t breathe,” Mims says. “I started having hot flashes, my chest hurt, my heart was beating really fast.”

When she arrived at the hospital, doctors took urine samples, blood tests, as well as a CT scan, and said her vital signs were all over the place.

“The doctor came in and told me my system wasn’t good enough to determine what it was, but said it was acute poisoning by an unknown substance,” Mims said. .

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Texas woman poisoned by napkin after birthday dinner at restaurant: ‘I couldn’t breathe’

When she arrived at the hospital, doctors took urine samples, blood tests, as well as a CT scan, and said her vital signs were all over the place.
(FOX 26)

The doctor said the incident looked like a failed kidnapping attempt.

The Houston Police Department said this was the first such case the department has seen after the woman filed a police report.

Mark Winter, chief executive of the Southeast Houston Poison Center, said Mims’ symptoms, as described, match hundreds of poisons.

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Texas woman poisoned by napkin after birthday dinner at restaurant: ‘I couldn’t breathe’

Mims said it was a recreation of what the towel looked like on the doorknob.
(FOX 26)

“The likelihood is that you must have a lot more than just occasional exposure,” Winter said. “In his video, his symptoms correspond to hundreds of different poisons. It’s possible. I’ve learned in my 40s that anything is possible when it comes to the human body.”


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