Girl (16) left in wheelchair with slurred speech in warning for people tempted by drug
A teenage girl in Scotland who was left in a coma for several weeks after taking MDMA has issued a stark warning against drug-taking.
Amy Thomson (16) was left with permanent physical damage after she collapsed at a party in Glasgow during the summer.
Her family has released a video of the teen who is now confined to a wheelchair. She has trouble with her speech but her family says she has improve noticeably since waking up from a coma.
In the clip, Thomson thanks everybody for their support in the recent months.
Despite the detrimental effects the drug has had on the girl her family are confident she is receiving the best treatment and will improve as time goes on.
Many of her friends have been encouraged by the footage, but her cousin said it was a reminder to people the harmful affects drugs can have.
Cousin Kalya wrote: "Some people may have cried, laughed or been shocked seeing the video. But this is what a tiny pill can do to you.
"If this isn't an eye-opener for everyone who continues to take stuff, I dunno what is."
She added: "Amy won’t be like this for the rest of her life. She’s getting the best care and support.
"What you are seeing is amazing compared to the way she was a few weeks ago. She’s improved in many amazing ways. She still has many improvements to show us all."
Amy’s auntie Annie added: "This video likely shocked some people, but it’s not sad.
"Yes, she’s in a wheelchair at the moment and her speech is impaired, but she will keep improving. I’ve no doubt she’ll lead a full and happy life."
Thomson was rushed to hospital on 10 June after taking ill at a party in the Knightswood area of the Glasgow city. Three other girls were taken to hospital but all were released a short time after.
Doctors were able to slow stabilise her before she regained consciousness. She was last month moved to a specialist rehabilitation unit for people who have suffered brain injuries.