Friends forced to give student CPR after horrific spiking incident in nightclub

The friends of a student who was spiked in a nightclub were forced to give her 20-minutes of CPR.

Rhiannon Smith, 19 and an aspiring police officer, was at Alpine Club Lodge in Ormskirk, Lancashire on October 22.

She had drank three single vodka Red Bulls when she suddenly could not hear properly and the room was spinning.

Her friends took her home, where they called 999 after noticing her lips were blue and they could not feel a pulse.

Rhiannon said: “The room was spinning and I couldn’t hear properly. It sounded like everything was muffled and I could only hear whatever I was focused on.

“It was nothing like anything I’d experienced before.

“I kept repeating ‘I’m so scared right now’, it scared everyone around me. My friends have seen me drunk and they said it wasn’t like me.

“I leant over the club toilet and projectile vomited. It felt like 10 minutes but I’d been there for an hour.

“Security had to get me out because I was so slumped over, that’s the last thing I remember.

“After I was carried home the lads put me on my bed thinking I could just sleep it off, but apparently my breathing just completely slowed down.

“My lips also went blue and I had no pulse at this point, I wasn’t responding.

“The lady on the 999 call was telling them to say ‘now’ every time I took a breath but it was 20-30 seconds and the woman thought they’d forgotten to tell her.

“The woman said they need to put me on a hard floor and start chest compressions. They did that until the ambulance arrived 20-30 minutes later, they were keeping me alive.”

Rhiannon, from Rhyl, North Wales, woke up at 4am the next morning in the hospital, but was told by medics that “she’d just drank too much”.

She said: “The nurse told me I’d drank too much and scared myself which is not what my friends say they were told.

“I told them I know my body and I shouldn’t be in that state from that many drinks. I asked about my test results but they told me they ‘weren’t able’ to do that.

“I feel like they discriminated against me as just another uni student that drank too much, but I know I was spiked.

“People think I’m either a liar or I’m manipulating the situation. If you know me as a person, I’ve never touched drugs and it’s never something I’ve wanted to do.

“I’m joining the police so it’s a no-go anyway.”

Rhiannon said that she was checked for needle marks in the ambulance in case she was spiked by injection.

They did not find a mark, and she was not given a urine test to determine if she had experience any other spiking.

She says that the police had also not been in touch with her to follow up and she was informed by the nightclub that no officers had checked the CCTV of that night.

Alpine Club Lodge had checked their cameras, but were unable to see anything.

Rhiannon said that the experience had affected her physically and mentally.

She was bruised from the CPR and was in bed the next day feeling achy and drained, and when she returned to the club a week later, she suffered from a panic attack and had to go home.

She said: “The hospital needs to test people. It literally takes two seconds to do it, but they didn’t and this could have helped my whole case and helped other people in the long run.

“I just feel like I’ve been let down. It’s made me lose confidence in both the NHS and the police, especially because I’m joining them.”

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We take all reports of spiking extremely seriously and encourage all victims to report any concerns they may have to the police or a member of the bar staff as soon as possible to allow us to obtain the evidence needed to conduct a thorough investigation.

“This incident was reported to us by the ambulance service as a concern for welfare and enquiries were made to identify the victim and then make contact with her.

“The victim has been visited by officers, who have taken a full account from her and given safeguarding advice.

“We have carried out a thorough investigation and looked at all possible lines of enquiry.

“However, at this time we do not have sufficient evidence to establish exactly what has happened to the victim or to identify any suspect.

“If any new information does come to light then it will be looked into robustly.

“There are increased patrols in West Lancashire and we are liaising with licensing and local venues around safety.”

A spokesperson for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust said: “Rhiannon was treated in line with her medical condition on arrival at A&E.

“We encourage anyone who believes they have been ‘spiked’ in any way to contact the police.”