30mins from death, boy ‘left in bin by friends who spiked drink’

Daily Mail - - Life - By Sian Boyle

A TEENAGER whose ‘friends’ spiked his drink and dumped him in a wheelie bin was dis­cov­ered by police just 30 min­utes from death, his fam­ily said yes­ter­day.

Chris Gor­man, 17, had to be taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter he was dis­cov­ered foam­ing at the mouth by of­fi­cers on pa­trol.

He had been on a night out with a group of teenagers he thought were his friends.

He was given some vodka and started to feel un­well at a house party on Friday. The last thing he re­mem­bers is be­ing un­able to walk. It is at this mo­ment that his ‘friends’ de­cided to dump him in a wheelie bin for laughs. They took photographs of him to share on­line be­fore aban­don­ing him.

Police on pa­trol in Cum­ber­nauld, near Glas­gow, hap­pened to find him and called an am­bu­lance just in time for him to re­ceive crit­i­cal med­i­cal care.

Chris’s dis­gusted elder brother Dar­ren de­cided to share the photographs on­line him­self in or­der to shame the youths who nearly cost his brother’s life. Dar­ren, 26, said: ‘The police just came across him. At first they thought it was drink but then he started foam­ing at the mouth.

‘He was in a re­ally bad state. The doc­tors said half an hour longer and he wouldn’t have been here.’

He added: ‘He’d been at a friend’s house and took a bot­tle of wine. Af­ter that he was given vodka, and as soon as he took it he started to feel un­well.

‘The friends he was with weren’t his nor­mal group. He couldn’t walk, so they put him in a wheelie bin and just left him. His drink was def­i­nitely spiked. The hos­pi­tal took blood and hooked him up to drips but never con­firmed ex­actly what it was.’

Chris Gor­man was found in the early hours of Saturday and taken to Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal, North La­nark­shire, where doc­tors kept him in un­til 7pm.

His brother found the photographs of him in an on­line group chat, and de­cided

‘He’s had a harsh les­son’

to share them on Face­book. Dar­ren Gor­man apol­o­gised for the pic­tures but said: ‘If this raises a lit­tle aware­ness and stops some­one else end­ing up in the same state, it’s worth it.’

He added: ‘He’s had a harsh les­son as to who his real friends are – and those who would rather get a laugh out of the sit­u­a­tion’.

Thou­sands of peo­ple have re­acted to the post. Dar­ren told the Daily Record news­pa­per that par­ents were warn­ing their chil­dren: ‘This could hap­pen to you.’

Chris, who hopes to go to col­lege to study man­u­fac­tur­ing and weld­ing, is still feel­ing the ef­fects of Friday night.

‘The only thing I re­mem­ber is wak­ing up in the hos­pi­tal,’ he said. ‘I feel ter­ri­ble. I can’t drink wa­ter and eat prop­erly. But I’ve had mes­sages from peo­ple all over the place, not just friends, ask­ing if I’m OK.’

The in­ci­dent is not cur­rently be­ing treated as a police mat­ter. Chris’s fam­ily are fo­cused on help­ing him re­cover.

A spokesman for Police Scot­land said: ‘No com­plaint has been made to the police re­gard­ing the cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent. We would en­cour­age the man to get in con­tact with us.’

Cal­lous: Chris Gor­man in a wheelie bin. This photo was posted by his dis­gusted brother

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