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