Fil-Am couple survives eating deadly mushrooms; man relates, "We thought they were organic"

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that a Filipino-American couple from Springfield, Virginia survived eating poisonous mushrooms.

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that a Filipino-American couple from Springfield, Virginia survived eating poisonous mushrooms.

 

Frank Constantinopla, 49, and his wife (who was not named in the report) fell ill after eating a variety of mushrooms known as "Death Caps" (Amanita phalloides).

 

Constantinopla and his wife picked the toxic mushrooms in their garden. A report posted on KSDK.com quoted Constantinopla, who related, "This was [the] first time that I saw mushrooms in my backyard so I said, ’Why am I so lucky? Why [do] other houses don’t have mushrooms like me?’"

 

According to the KSDK.com report, Constantinopla said that "where he grew up the Philippines it was common practice to go looking for mushrooms after rainy weather, and then put them into a meal."

 

As such, Constantinopla and his wife took the mushrooms and and stir-fried them. The KSDK.com report said that Constantinopla "immediately felt dizzy, nauseous, fatigued, as well as exhibited symptoms of dysentery." His wife experienced a milder reaction and recovered.

 

The ABS-CBNNews.com report also added that Constantinopla told reporters, "We thought they were organic. We thought it was a good mushroom because it sprung up in our backyard."

 

Constantinopla was rushed to the Georgetown University Hospital where he was reportedly given an experimental drug made from milk thistle called Silibinin. The drug, according to the ABS-CBNNews.com report,  has been approved in Europe but is still being tested in the United States. Obviously, Constantinopla responded well to the treatment.

 

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com and KSDK.com

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