Zhu Ling Poisoning Case Linked with Former Chinese Leader
A 20-year-old poisoning case is making headlines in China. Zhu Ling was an accomplished, promising chemistry student at Tsinghua University, known as China’s MIT. Then in 1994, when Zhu was 19, she developed a mysterious illness, including hair loss, failing eyesight, and paralysis. Desperate, her friends used an early version of the Internet to contact doctors overseas. The diagnosis: poisoning by thallium, a toxic heavy metal that’s often used in rat poison. Zhu managed to survive the poison, but she’s now nearly blind, paralyzed and mentally disabled. And 19 years later, her case remains unsolved.