Young mother dies after ‘taking dodgy diet pills sold on Facebook

A young mother from Mexico has died after reportedly taking lethal diet pills sold online.

Lucero Garza, 24, took the tablets called ‘Avitia Cobrax’ for around a month, her friends said. The pills were sold as a natural weight loss treatment on sites including Facebook.

She fell into a coma after experiencing severe headaches and was taken to hospital where she stopped breathing, according to major Mexican newspaper El Universal.

Ms Garza, who is married and has a one-year-old daughter, died last weekend when doctors turned off her life support after six days in intensive care.

She is said to have taken the pills in the hope of losing weight gained during pregnancy without consulting a doctor, as they were marketed as a natural treatment.

The health department of Nuevo Leon, the Mexican state where Ms Garza lived in the city of Monterrey, has said it will increase its vigilance against so-called “miracle products” sold online.

A friend of Ms Garza, whose Facebook name is “Lucy Trendy”, wrote on the social network that doctors treating her had detected “inflammation” in the brain, which they attributed to the tablets.

Pages promoting the pills have since been removed from online marketplaces and social media, but screenshots obtained by Mexican media show the tablets, which cost around 1,000 to 1,500 pesos per bottle (£42 to £64), advertised as a “natural method” to lose weight.

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