This shocking picture shows a 16-year-old girl fighting for her life in intensive care after she took the party drug ‘ecstasy’.
Remy Turner was rushed to hospital after taking MDMA and her family were told on three occasions she would not survive.
But after a miraculous recovery, her family want to use the horrific experience to warn other youngsters taking drugs they are not invincible.
Remy was first taken ill after her body reacted badly to the ‘ecstasy’ drug and suffered a seizure.
She was unconscious and in a coma for six days in the intensive care unit of the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on Guernsey.
Her mum, Louise Turner, has now released a picture of her in a coma and described it as the most terrifying experience of her life.
She said: “Seeing your little girl linked up to literally dozens of tubes and machines in ICU with what must have been like 15 doctors and nurses all crowded around her bed is not something you forget.
“I was told three times that Remy wouldn’t make it.
“Her dad and step-mum flew over from Jersey, pretty much to say their goodbyes.
“We took pictures of her in the ICU, because she was totally unaware of all the fear, all the tears, all the hurt we’d been through wishing, hoping, praying that she would be okay.
“Remy is still trying to understand it all now, but I shared some of the photos on Facebook as well to raise awareness of how serious it can be to take drugs.”
She was taken ill on 31 July and for the first three nights, Louise said there seemed no signs of improvements in Remy.
Machines were feeding her, breathing for her and, ultimately, keeping her alive.
But after six days of heavy sedation, she woke up – much to the relief and surprise of those around her.
Remy, who lives with her family in Guernsey, said: “When I woke up the doctor asked me what day I thought it was, and I still just thought it was that Friday evening. I didn’t know how much time had passed.
“I was so confused, I didn’t understand any of it.”
For nights afterwards she could not be left alone as she was having terrible nightmares, hallucinations and had forgotten how to walk.
Thankfully, the recovery happened much quicker than expected, and Remy is already off her anti-seizure medication.
But her mum did not want people to think that just because she had recovered quickly, she was fine.
While Remy thinks she is now fully recovered, her mum disagrees, saying she can notice a difference in her daughter, that she is notably ‘slower’ now.
For the family it has changed everything, and Remy will not be able to be a normal teenager who can enjoy a drink with her friends as her liver will not be able to cope.
Reflecting on the experience, Remy said she was completely embarrassed.
She added: “I really regret the choice I made, and I wish I never did it. I will never do anything like this again.
“It’s difficult to explain how I feel now. The stress and pain I put our friends and family through is something I never want to do again.
“I want to help people now. I’m not going to preach because I don’t think people will ever stop taking drugs, but I want to tell my story to show what can happen when you make those choices.”
Louise said Remy acknowledged it was a ‘stupid’ thing to have done, but now the pair want to raise awareness of the risks of taking drugs and use her story to prevent others from making a similar mistake.
Grateful to the staff at the hospital and emergency ambulance service that saved Remy’s life, the family has set up a gofundme page.
Louise added: “I want to give something back to everyone who was so incredibly supportive and helpful while Remy was in hospital.
“We’re asking for donations so that I can put some money on a tab at a restaurant or something and treat everyone there to say thank you.
“The team at the hospital and ICU were incredible. They kept a diary of her time in hospital to show how ill she really was. I don’t know how we can ever repay them, but this fundraising project is a start at least.”
The fund raising campaign has already doubled its initial £700 target.
On the page Louise wrote: “From the second the ambulance was called the paramedics, doctors and nurses worked so hard to save my little girl.
“They worked around the clock. I cannot thank them enough. I just want to say thank you.
“My daughter is now home after a 10 day stay in the hospital. She is in the doctor’s words a “miracle” child.
“She has learnt the hard way and we also want to make people, especially the younger generation, aware that you are not invincible and this can happen to you. It can happen to anyone.”
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