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Woman Issues Urgent Warning About Laughing Gas After She Was Left Paralysed For Two Months

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Woman Issues Urgent Warning About Laughing Gas After She Was Left Paralysed For Two Months

A woman from Australia has given an urgent warning about using nitrous oxide following being unable to walk for two months after using laughing gas regularly.

Tamika Dudley, from Brisbane, was a regular user of the drug after she tried it for the first time last year.

A woman has issued an urgent warning about the dangers of nitrous oxide. Credit: PA
A woman has issued an urgent warning about the dangers of nitrous oxide. Credit: PA

Sharing her story on Facebook, the 21-year-old wrote: "I would be doing them before clubbing, at 'kick-ons', when friends would come over, when I was bored.

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"I would always get offered to try nangs [a slang term for nitrous oxide] from friends at parties, they were doing it for fun and I always said no. I knew it was dangerous.

Tamika Dudley was left paralysed for two months after regularly using nitrous oxide. Credit: Caters
Tamika Dudley was left paralysed for two months after regularly using nitrous oxide. Credit: Caters

"But then in March, I decided to just give it a go. It was a 30-second-high, and all I kept thinking was 'I don't want to die' because the feeling was so intense.

"But I was stupid, and eventually I was doing it socially, before clubbing, after clubbing, I'd do it with friends all the time."

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It started to go wrong in May last year, when the hairdresser woke up to a weird tingling sensation in her hands and feet.

She said: "It slowly creeped up my calves, to my thighs, and then tuned into numbness. I went to hospital and they performed an MRI, CT scan and I had a lumbar puncture done.

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Credit: Caters

"I tried to get up from my bed, but I couldn't walk. I was completely paralysed. The doctors told me that it could be permanent and that I may never walk again.

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"It was the scariest day of my life, to know I could be in a wheelchair forever and never walk again.

"I still have around 50 percent numbness in my feet and fingers. Sometimes I burn myself, because I don't know if something is hot or cold, or I'll accidentally cut myself and not realise blood is coming out.

Credit: Caters
Credit: Caters

"My nerves are damaged, and I'm not really sure if I'll ever fully recover. I thought nangs were cool. I would post videos of myself on Snapchat doing them, and I'd have people tell me 'you're an idiot, you'll end up a vegetable'.

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"I always thought they didn't know anything. I never thought something like this would happen to me, but it did.

"I see so many young people doing it, the same way I did, and that's why I want to raise awareness about the dangers of it. People think it's harmless, that it's just 'laughing gas'. But it could kill you, or leave you permanently paralysed.

"It's a 30-second high that could ruin your entire life."

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Topics: Drugs, Australia

Amelia Ward
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