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Young woman opens up about terrifying Galway spiking ordeal while out with boyfriend

'I looked like I was unconscious but I could hear and feel everything'
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Clodagh Meaney

A young woman has opened up about a terrifying spiking ordeal while she was on a night out in Galway with her boyfriend.

RTE Liveline caller Kate, told Joe Duffy about the incident where nurses and paramedics left her “frustrated” by not believing that she had not taken drugs.

She was staying at a hotel in Galway for a weekend getaway when the horrific spiking occurred.

“We were in a venue, we started to have a few drinks around 8pm. I’d say around 11pm we were in the Supermacs. I wasn't feeling well. I vomited all over the place and I collapsed.”

She was then asked to leave the take-away by security guards as she was “getting sick everywhere.”

“I was outside then, I was on the ground. In fairness to a few girls they came over to help. I looked like I was unconscious but I could hear and feel everything.”

Kate praised the young women who came to her rescue.

“I could hear the girls questioning my partner, who he was and everything, he was getting upset.”

“I was thinking to myself ‘fair play to them for questioning him’ because he could have been this random guy.”

“Then one of the girls tied up my hair and turned me on my side as I was trying to get sick and an ambulance came. So the paramedics were then questioning my partner.”

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Kate said her boyfriend was quizzed about what drugs she had taken, and even when he swore she hadn’t taken anything, they pressed him again.

Her boyfriend was told he wouldn’t get into trouble for telling the truth, but they needed to know what substance was causing her sickness.

The young woman was then taken to hospital where she said she spent most of the night on a bed in a corridor, where she said she could still feel and hear everything that was happening to her.”

“They didn't do any other tests on me other than Covid,” she said.

“When I came around, around 5.30 in the morning, the nurse asked me did I know where I was.”

“I said ‘yes, I remember everything, I heard everything , and I could feel everything’ to which she was surprised.”

When Kate asked the nurse if they had done any tests to see if she was spiked she was told “we put it down to you having too much to drink.”

She refuted the suggestion she had drank too much, telling medics she wasn't out long enough or drank enough alcohol to be “in that type of state.”

To which the nurse said: “Maybe you drank one too many.”

Frustrated with medics not taking her seriously, Kate got a taxi back to the hotel where she slept for a few hours. Waking up later that morning, she felt like “death warmed up”, but did not want the incident to ruin her weekend away.

The couple decided to stay for the second night, and it was only when she was getting ready to go out for dinner that evening, did she find further evidence of her spiking.

After she took a shower, Kate was applying make-up and getting dressed when she noticed a bruise on the back of her arm that was consistent with a needle spiking.

Although she doesn’t remember being jabbed, Kate’s doctor said she may not have noticed it.

Reports of alleged needle spiking incidents have been on the rise across the country in recent weeks.

Famous faces such as Bonnie and Lottie Ryan, as well as model Thalia Heffernan and TikTok star Nia Gallagher have all come forward to share their spiking stories.

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