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Summary: A UK law student suffered severe internal bleeding when someone slipped a drug in her drink when she wasn’t looking.

A Newcastle Northumbria University law student was hospitalized after drinking a spiked drink at a party. Twenty-year-old Emily Haig suffered life-threatening internal bleeding when she drank a drink at a party that had been unknowingly spiked with an unidentified drug.


Haig was in the hospital for eight days fighting for her life. She had gotten a Snowball cocktail to drink at the party, which is a cocktail made with Advocaat and lemon. Whatever drug had been put in her drink when she wasn’t looking caused her to collapse and stop breathing, according to the Daily Mail.

The internal bleeding required her to receive a blood transfusion immediately. With the transfusion, she was able to recover at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary. Haig said of the incident, “The person who did this should be ashamed. If people want to take drugs, that’s up to them, but they shouldn’t inflict that on somebody else. I’m lucky to alive.”

Haig attended a house part in Newcastle with her friends on Friday, January 26. She said, “I was only there 40 minutes and had one drink, which was a snowball. I suddenly felt very hot, and at first thought it was because there were so many people there. I asked my friend to go outside with me for fresh air.”

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When Haig got outside, she collapsed. She explained, “The next thing I knew I was on the floor, with my friend’s boyfriend trying to shake me awake.” Her friends got her to drink water and stayed with her at home. By the next morning, she was throwing up. Despite this, Haig went to work at the restaurant where she works part-time.

By Sunday, Haig had a headache, was struggling to breathe and was shaking. She went to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where she collapsed again. They kept her there for three days, suspecting internal bleeding, but discharged her when her condition improved a little. Haig was sent home to her parent’s house. She says she was unaware that she was bleeding internally.

Shortly after returning home, Haig collapsed in the bathroom. She told the Daily Mail, “I’d stopped breathing. My blood pressure was dangerously low and I’d turned blue, but my dad brought me back.” Her father Paul saved her.

She was transported to the hospital in Whitehaven and then transferred to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary to get the blood transfusion. Haig was released from the hospital February 7. She must return for tests after every two weeks for the next month.

“More than anything, I’m grateful to be alive. I don’t do drugs. I like a drink, and a cheeky cigarette, but I don’t do drugs. I didn’t ask for this. People have said I should have been more careful. But why should I have to be? I didn’t even put my drink down. Somebody dropped something into it when I wasn’t looking. Some people think it’s hilarious to do this. But it’s not funny. They had no idea how I’d react. If my father hadn’t found me when he did, I would have died.”

Do you think you should trust others or take precautions over what you drink at a party? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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