A woman from California has been hospitalized in a semi-comatose condition after using a face cream from Mexico that was soaked in toxic methyl-mercury.
Her son stated that she has been in the hospital since July.
She was admitted to the hospital with numbness in hands and face, impaired speech and walking problems, and her condition since then only got worse.
Authorities say that the woman had 2,630 micrograms of mercury per liter of blood, 500 times than the acceptable level.
Health workers said a 47-year-old Sacramento woman bought the cream at a pharmacy in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Mercury is sometimes used to lighten skin and to remove age spots, although it is very toxic.