A Brazilian woman named Thais Medeiros remains hospitalized, struggling to recover six months after experiencing severe brain swelling due to an unfortunate incident involving a super-spicy chili pepper.
“I miss her a lot and I want my daughter to come home, but I understand that she needs to stay there,” Thais’s mother, Adriana Medeiros, shared with Globo’s Brazilian news site G1.
The unusual incident unfolded back in February when the 25-year-old woman was helping her boyfriend prepare dinner for his parents at his residence in Anápolis, located in central Brazil.
The evening took a distressing turn when Thais decided to sniff a pickled goat pepper, a fiery regional variety with a Scoville rating (a measure of pepper heat) ranging between 15,000 to 30,000, and rubbed it on her nose.
Thais soon began experiencing an itchy throat and was promptly rushed to a hospital in Anápolis. She was subsequently transferred to a medical facility in her hometown of Goiânia, as reported by G1.
Medical tests confirmed that Thais had suffered brain swelling, medically referred to as edema, which experts believed resulted from an allergic reaction to the pepper. The reaction was so severe that Thais spent several days in a coma following her encounter with the chili.
Adriana, Thais’s mother, noted that her daughter had preexisting health conditions, including bronchitis and asthma, which may have exacerbated the situation.
Despite her discharge from the hospital on July 31, Thais had to be readmitted four days later due to a high fever and reddish urine, as reported by G1.
Initially slated to return home on August 10, Thais faced an unexpected setback when she experienced a bronchospasm, which is characterized by the constriction of the airways in the lungs, preventing her from leaving the hospital.
Currently, there is no definitive date for Thais’s release, and she remains unable to speak or walk as a result of the neurological issues caused by oxygen deprivation.
Medical professionals express concerns that she may not be able to resume her normal activities due to these lingering health challenges.
Adriana, Thais’s distraught mother, simply yearns for her daughter to return home, sharing the emotional toll the situation has taken on their family. “The [other] daughters ask why she doesn’t come home, and I think about her all the time,” Adriana expressed. “When I go to prepare some food that she liked, I remember our moments together, and it hurts too much.”