A teenager who was left brain damaged after taking ecstasy at a party has managed to take her first few painful steps as she continues her road to full recovery.
Amy Thomson, 16, spent weeks in a coma after taking just a single MDMA pill in June last year and is now battling the shocking physical effects she suffered after taking the drug.
The Scottish Daily Record reported that she has now managed to take her first steps with help from her medical team and has now told her family that her ultimate aim is get out of her wheelchair.
A New Year post on her online support page – managed by her mum Tricia and other family and friends – revealed Amy’s hopes for this years.
Amy still in her chair but walked 30 yards before the holidays. A machine supports her upper body while her legs walk the walk.She said it feels like having her heart ripped out as it’s so painful but she will keep working hard as walking is her main goal. Amy is well and enjoying the extended break from rehab – 2015 is behind us now and it’s taught us a lot.
Messages poured in for the former college student after a video of her thanking supporters from her wheelchair went viral back in September, highlighting the devastating impact ecstasy can have on the human body.
The teenager – from Glasgow – was taken to hospital from a party with three others girls last June. While the others were sent home, Amy was left fighting for her life.
It proved to be a stark reminder of what can happen when young people aren’t fully aware of what they are taking – and the effects said drugs can have on you. Police and doctors then warned the public about the threat of crystallised ecstasy capsules which are believed to be widely available in Scotland.
After several weeks of remaining in a critical condition, she regained consciousness and began to show gradual signs of improvement before being transferred to a brain unit where she has made progress with speech and movement.
The Facebook support group also issued a warning to young people thinking of taking drugs, saying: “There’s nothing recreational about Amy’s recovery. We would like our precious young people to consider that before taking any drugs or so-called legal highs.”