Mums horror as daughter suffers seizure after being spiked with date rape drug

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A teenager was spiked with a date-rape drug on her “first proper night out” since turning 18 – and ended up suffering three seizures.

Sophie Pearce, from Braunstone in Leicestershire, was at a nightclub on Saturday, August in 7, when she was targeted.

Ketamine, a powerful anaesthetic and Class B drug, was put in her drink.

Later on that evening, the 19-year-old started feeling “woozy” and her drink began to taste weird.

She told Leicestershire Live: “Most of the night is a complete blank. Anything could have happened to me and I wouldn't have known about it.

"Apparently, I called my mum before leaving the club at about 4am and she stayed on the phone with me as we got a taxi home.

"When I got there, that's when I started having seizures and my mum called for an ambulance.

"Paramedics assessed me and took me straight to A&E at the Infirmary.

“My girlfriend also had a check-up. She also felt a bit ill but was okay.”

At hospital, she was “pumped with bags of fluids” and linked up to heart monitors.

Sophie's mum Samantha made sure she stayed out of the club with her friends before getting to hospital.

She said: "We were all very scared for Sophie. I've never seen anything like it in my life to be honest.

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"It's the most horrific thing that I've ever seen. It was absolutely awful.

"I'm just so happy she is going to be okay, and glad that she somehow managed to call me and I was able to stay on the phone with her.”

Sophie is now sharing her experience to warn people about the dangers of spiking.

She said: “To everyone that thinks that these things won’t happen to them, just like I did, it DEFINITELY DOES!! So please don't be fooled.

"Don’t leave your drinks, even for a split second. I held onto my drinks most of the night but obviously didn’t pay attention to people walking by.

“I honestly don’t get what people get out of doing this to others."

The incident has been reported to Leicestershire Police.

Sophie continued: "I'd like to think that whoever did this to me, it was a nasty but random thing and I wasn't being targeted by a rapist.

"But you never know. That's the scary thing.

"I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else and that's why I wanted to share my story.

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