A teenager almost died after being 'spiked' on a night out, with her friends having to keep her heart going.
Rhiannon Smith, 19, said her friends were forced to give her CPR for 20 minutes after she was “spiked”, but says police and medics treated her as “just another drunk student”.
The 19-year-old says she drank three single vodka Red Bulls at a club in Ormskirk, Lancashire, on October 22, when her hearing suddenly became muffled and the room began spinning, WalesOnline reports.
When she was taken home by friends, she claims they saw her lips were blue, her pulse had “stopped” and she was only taking breaths every 20 seconds.
Emergency responders ordered them to start “life-saving” chest compressions, which they did for 20 minutes, before she was rushed to hospital by ambulance.
Rhiannon, from Rhyl, Wales, said: "I feel lucky to be alive. I think I'm still in denial about the whole situation and I don't think it's sunk in that it happened.
"I'm so vigilant with my drinks on a night out, especially with everything that's happening at the moment and I can't remember a time where I left it or wasn't looking at it.
"The room was spinning and I couldn't hear properly. It sounded like everything was muffled and I could only hear whatever I was focused on. It was nothing like anything I'd experienced before.
"I leant over the club toilet and projectile vomited. It felt like 10 minutes, but I'd been there for an hour."
Rhiannon explained she was carried home and her friends thought she could "just sleep it off", but fears grew when her breathing began to slow down.
She said her "lips went blue" and she had "no pulse" and wasn't responding to her friends.
When frantic pals dialled 999 they were told to start chest compressions and to place her body on a hard floor while ambulances were dispatched.
She says "they were keeping me alive", during the 20 to 30 minutes before paramedics turned up.
Rhiannon says a nurse told her she "drank too much and scared" herself, but her friends claim they were told something else.
When asking about test results, the teenager says she was informed they "weren't able" to perform them and she felt discriminated against.
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The Edge Hill University professional policing student was told by pals how emergency responders checked her for a needle mark in the ambulance but there wasn't any trace of one.
Rhiannon said: "I just feel like I've been let down. It's made me lose confidence in both the NHS and the police, especially because I'm joining them.”
A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: "This incident was reported to us by the ambulance service as a concern for welfare and enquiries were made to identify the victim and then make contact with her.
"We have carried out a thorough investigation and looked at all possible lines of enquiry. However, at this time we do not have sufficient evidence to establish exactly what has happened to the victim or to identify any suspect.”
A spokesperson for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust said: "Rhiannon was treated in line with her medical condition on arrival at A&E.
"We encourage anyone who believes they have been 'spiked' in any way to contact the police."
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