8-year-old Maria Chelysheva from Russia became an orphan in 2014 due to the piles of old potatoes that her family left to rot in the basement. When her father went to the basement to take some potatoes, he never returned. Mary’s mother then went to the basement to find him, but she never came back
The same thing happened with Mary’s brother, and finally with her grandmother. Mary’s grandmother had earlier called on neighbors for help, but when neighbors arrived, the woman was already on her own in the basement and suffered the same terrible fate as the rest of the family, except Mary.
It is important to remember that potatoes contain glycoalkaloids, a chemical compound that is also found in poisonous plants. It makes potato, naturally toxic under the right circumstances, not only when you are eating it, but also from the inhalation of its chemicals.
Glycoalkaloids concentration increases as more potatoes rot, making them emit dangerous toxic gases. Exposure to this deadly combination killed Mary’s family.
Mary was also nearly died when she was looking for her family. Fortunately, gas was dissipated a little, because her mother left the door open.
What happened to Mary’s family is absolutely heartbreaking, but we hope that their story will serve as a warning to others about the dangers of rotten potatoes.
Please share this important story with your friends so they know how rotten potatoes can be dangerous!