Teenager rushed to hospital after drink and drug mix

The accident and emergency entrance to the South West Acute Hospital. RMGFH21

A TEENAGE girl who spent days in intensive care after taking a mixture of drink and drugs has been told she was fortunate to have been arrested shortly before taking ill. 
The girl, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to assault on police, resisting police, and disorderly behaviour at Enniskillen Youth Court last Wednesday. 
On October 22 last police in Lisnaskea observed a young female, the defendant, and a man trying to get in to the Corner House Bar, first through the front door then around the back. When police spoke with them the man told them she was 18, but it transpired she was in fact 16. 
The girl became aggressive when police spoke with her and tried to take her home. She started shouting and screaming, and resisted police. The teenager was sick when she was put in the police car, and then continued to be abusive as police took her to hospital. She assaulted on of the officers by digging her nails into their arm. 
The teenager told police she had taken three different substances, including alcohol and several lines of cocaine. 
When they arrived at hospital, the girl had to be physically removed from the police car and restrained. She was placed in a wheelchair and wheeled into the hospital.
The girl’s eyes then started rolling in her head and she began to fit. She was rushed into the emergency department, where medical staff had to work on her for some time, and was then sent to the Intensive Care Unit where she spent two days. 
Defence solicitor Myles McManus said the girl accepted full responsibility and apologised for what had happened. He added that it was “perhaps fortunate” police had got involved in the incident as the teenager could have gone home and gone to sleep before taking ill. 
Mr McManus said what had happened had shocked the girl into changing her behaviour, as her mother had shown her pictures of when she was in hospital, hooked up to tubes and machines. 
District Judge Bonita Boyd said what had happened was very serious, but she hoped she had learned from what had happened, stating the girl had caused much distress for her parents, family, and herself.
Judge Boyd ordered the girl to take part in a Youth Conference Plan for six months, warning her to take part in any programme of work put to her. 

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