A Lancashire student who was enjoying a night out with close friends said she felt like she was "in a coma" moments before collapsing.

Elizabeth Everett believes her drink was spiked while out on Saturday, October 16.

The 20-year-old, who attends Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, said looking back she believes the first sign something was wrong was when she dropped her drink as it felt the muscles in her hand "went".

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However, Elizabeth claims her symptoms progressed to being "violently sick" before she eventually collapsed while out in the Stockton Heath area of Warrington.

Speaking to the ECHO, the student said: "As soon as I got out the taxi I was violently sick and I didn't feel better after it.

"We went into a club and I went straight into the toilet and I just sat on the toilet and I couldn't get off.

"My vision went dead blurry and my muscles started to go.

"My friend and another girl I went to school with who we had met, brought me up and carried me out.

"As soon as we got out I collapsed and my eyes were rolling back.

"My stomach was still trying to make me be sick and I was jolting."

Edge Hill student Elizabeth Everett in hospital
Edge Hill student Elizabeth Everett in hospital

Elizabeth, from Warrington, described the feeling being in a "coma" and said he was "in and out of consciousness".

She added: "The only way I can describe it was I was asleep, it felt like I was in a coma.

"I was in and out of consciousness but when I was awake I could hear people talking to me.

"I could feel people talking to me but my body wouldn't respond.

"I wanted to say something but my body couldn't say anything.

"My muscles went floppy."

Elizabeth said it was thanks to her friend who put her in the recovery position as she believed she "would have died" if she was sick further.

The student claims she couldn't remember the taxi ride to the hospital and was put on fluids right away.

Elizabeth said the hospital found increased levels of acid in her blood, high blood pressure and a low pulse rate and was kept in overnight.

The 20-year-old said the incident has had a lasting impact on her and her memory has been affected.

On the Monday following the incident, Elizabeth said she only attended university for 20 minutes as she felt so unwell.

She told the ECHO: "I walked back to my car and I didn't feel safe to drive back and my memory was really blurry and foggy.

"I got into the back of my car and slept for two and half hours just in the back of my car.

"My mum had to come and collect me from Warrington and had to drive my car back home.

"I slept for pretty much three days solid.

"I was really tired and lethargic and I had full body aches.

"My memory still isn't great, especially my short-term memory.

"I keep being quite forgetful.

"I feel much better than I did a week and half a go, but I used to have a really good memory.

"I can't remember little things now that I do usually remember."

Elizabeth described the feeling being in a "coma" and said he was "in and out of consciousness"
Elizabeth described the feeling being in a "coma" and said he was "in and out of consciousness"

Elizabeth said she is now "wary" about going out.

She said: "I am quite a confident person and quite strong minded but I don't like the feeling of feeling vulnerable because to put someone in that position and to make them feel that vulnerable is not acceptable."

The Edge Hill student said people should "trust their instincts" if they believe they have been spiked and "be with your friends who you trust."

In Merseyside, police said they are aware of a number of spiking incidents in the city centre, five of which specifically relate to injection spiking.

Detectives said that out of the five reports, three currently remain under investigation.

Superintendent Diane Pownall said: “Liverpool is awarded Purple Flag status every year and is one of the safest cities in the UK. We know that people travel far from far and wide to enjoy what is on offer here and we want that to continue.

“In April we launched our proactive policing response, Operation Empower, where dedicated officers are tasked with identifying potential perpetrators who are displaying signs of predatory behaviour and to disrupt those who present a potential risk.

"Officers are also asked to be aware of anyone who may be vulnerable to ensure any immediate safeguarding concerns are met.

“Every week we also have an additional number of uniformed officers on the streets of the city and I would encourage anyone with any concerns to approach our patrols and speak to them."

Report any crime by calling 101 or via the website: www.merseysidepolice.uk. Don’t forget, reports that are not urgent can be made via @MerPolCC on Twitter or 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook.

A Cheshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “Police take all reports seriously and we would encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim or witness to spiking, in any form, to contact us on 101 or report it via our website.”

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