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Northern Ireland teen warns of perils of drink after collapsing in street

By Staff Reporter

The mother of a 13-year-old girl found lying in the street drunk with a head injury has told the terrifying story of her daughter's experience.

The schoolgirl was found by police in Portadown vomiting and unable to speak, and was rushed to hospital.

In an unusual move, the girl and her mum decided to issue a warning to others about the abuse of alcohol on a police Facebook page.

The girl said she had met up with friends on a Saturday afternoon to go into town.

"Just a few hours later Portadown Neighbourhood Officers found me lying on the street with a head injury, vomiting and unable to communicate for myself due to the amount of alcohol I had drunk," she wrote.

"The officers took me straight to hospital where I was admitted for the night. Other officers from the Neighbourhood team had also gone to my mum's house to collect her and bring her up to the hospital to see me. I got out the next day and still felt very unwell."

The teenager's mother recalled the frightening moment she received a phone call from the PSNI telling her that her daughter was being rushed to hospital.

"When I arrived I saw her being taken into the Resuscitation Unit," the worried mother said.

"She looked grey and was totally unresponsive so when I saw her I was extremely shocked and just burst into tears.

"I had to wait in the corridor until the doctors assessed her.

"She was kept in overnight, put onto a drip and was taken for a CT scan and X-rays - which thankfully were all clear.

"This whole experience was terrifying and a week later I am still very shaken by it all.

"My daughter had gone out for a Saturday afternoon into town with her friends as she normally does.

"I thought I could trust my daughter.

"I am very grateful that she was found and got the medical help she desperately needed - and hopefully this message will make other parents aware of the dangers of alcohol and prevent it happening to someone else's child."

The message was posted on the Craigavon PSNI's Facebook page by the Neighbourhood Policing Team "with the full co-operation of the family involved in this incident".

A spokesman for the PSNI said that investigations are still ongoing to determine where the young girl got the alcohol.

"She has also received a follow-up visit from our officers and was given full information about the dangers of alcohol/drugs," the PSNI said.

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