Scot teen rushed to intensive care after drink spiked with #date #rape drug on #holiday in Madrid


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Two teenagers this week warned young people to keep an eye on their drinks after a spiked pink gin left a girl in intensive care for eight hours.

Best friends Cleo Smillie, 19, and Marc Davies, 18, were on a night out after sunning themselves in Madrid when Cleo blacked out after one sip of her pink gin and lemonade.

Barman Marc, of Monkton, called for help after his friend collapsed in the street.

Waking up in hospital eight hours later, Cleo, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, was told she had a high level of GHB in her blood – the date-rape drug.

Now the pair urged holiday-goers to take care and watch their drinks.

“I thought she was dead,” said Marc.

“The hospital didn’t let me know what was happening for six hours. It was the scariest, most terrifying night ever.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

The teenagers had been drinking at a club to celebrate Cleo’s 19th birthday when she was targeted.

Cleo’s phone was stolen as well as Marc’s wallet which the pair suspect were swiped as Marc came to the aid of his best friend.

Marc said: “Cleo went and got a third drink for both of us. She came back and was all over the place.

“She couldn’t walk so I thought, ‘Right we’re going back to the hotel’.

“I thought ‘Something’s weird here’ and then she collapsed and projectile vomited everywhere.

“I put her in the recovery position and then a crowd gathered.

“There were two Spanish women who called an ambulance and I’m so grateful they spoke English.

“An ambulance came and Cleo was unconscious – then they put this breathing 
mask on her.

“I was watching the whole thing and just freaking out and crying – I was so scared.

“Then I realised my wallet had been taken and they wouldn’t let me go into the ambulance with her to go to the hospital, so I was like ‘How am I supposed to get to the hospital?’

“I’m in a foreign country, I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t have my wallet now or any money.

“Luckily, the two Spanish women were really nice and gave me a lift to the hospital – and they bought me water and crackers.”

Cleo had to have an insulin transfusion due to a reaction with the drug that sent her blood-sugar levels sky high.

Recalling her version of events, she said the last thing she remembered was being at the bar ordering a drink.

Cleo said: “I had my drink in my hand and took one sip and that was the last thing I remember. I woke up in hospital and the nurse came in and told me that surprisingly my alcohol intake wasn’t that high but they found a very high level of what you would consider to be the date rape drug in my system.

“Obviously I couldn’t remember anything so my first thought was what happened to me?

“She told me I was going to need to be careful and let my body rest.

“The first people you would normally turn to in these situations are your parents but they weren’t there.”

Now the teenagers are using their nightmare experience to warn others of the dangers of spiked drinks.

Cleo said: “I felt that because it was Madrid, you just don’t expect that.

“But it happens everywhere – it can happen in Ayr.

“You just don’t expect it when you’re having an amazing time on your holiday and it’s your birthday.

“The person it happens to always thinks ‘It’s never going to be me’.

“You just need to be so careful.

Marc added: “Always go to the bar with a friend and never take your eyes off your drink.

“If you look away it can be so easy to put something in.

“You just don’t expect these things to happen but I guess we need to learn from it. It’s like a wake-up call.”

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/teens-tell-date-rape-drug-13013719


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