Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 19:17:00 -0700
Reply-To: "Hunter, Phil" <phunter**At_Symbol_Here**TACOMACC.EDU>
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From: "Hunter, Phil" <phunter**At_Symbol_Here**TACOMACC.EDU>
Subject: Mercury poisoning

For those of you who monitor such things:

Health and emergency service workers scrambled Monday to contain a rare 
mercury poisoning incident that led last week to a Yakima {Washington} 
teenager being hospitalized. . . . The victim, identified as Fabian 
Flores, 16, was admitted Wednesday to Children's Hospital and Regional 
Medical Center in Seattle. The mother said her son had been 
hallucinating and shaking badly for the past seven months, a degree of 
mercury poisoning that one expert said was highly unusual. . . . 

Flores' mother, Carmen Garcia, said in telephone interviews from the 
Children's Hospital that her son was "seeing the devil," would shake 
very badly and only recently was able to walk again after being treated 
in the hospital. 

As far as where her son got the mercury, she only knew that it came from 
a "neighbor's house" some time ago, and that when she told them to get 
rid of it, her boys poured it somewhere in the yard. . . . and 



Philip Hunter
Chemistry & Physics Instructor
Tacoma Community College
Building 28, Room 223 - 6
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA  98466
Phone 253-566-5302
Fax 253-460-4378  


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