Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter. Be it peer pressure, emotional problems, or just wanting to experiment, alcohol is a serious issue for teens and young adults. In March of 2014, Kelliee Jo Nelson wrote a powerful Facebook post, telling the story of how her daughter almost died after consuming liquor while home alone for two hours. 16-year-old Taylor's blood alcohol level was high enough to kill a full-grown adult.
Kelliee included a shocking picture of a passed out Taylor in the hospital, her motionless body hooked up to medical equipment. The post soon went viral and garnered well over a million shares.
Thankfully, Taylor survived the ordeal. Her experience is a warning of how dangerous binge drinking really is.
Kelliee Jo Nelson
This is what two beers, two shots of Captain Morgan, two shots of apple pie moonshine, two shots of whiskey, and a handful of liquor-soaked blueberries looks like on a 16-year-old.
My daughter and her cousin decided to throw themselves a party last night while they were home alone for two hours at their dads’ house. They raided the liquor cabinet and when my ex-husband got home he found the girls drunk and our daughter unresponsive. He rushed her to the hospital in Wyoming, and Court and I met him there.
When I arrived I was rushed into the ER and there was my child, lying on a gurney. She was covered in heated blankets to combat hyperthermia – her body temperature was 95 degrees. She was being pumped full of IV fluids. One of the tubes in her throat was running into her stomach continuously draining the fluid therein.
It took the ER team three attempts to intubate Taylor, they tore her throat up in the process. It was necessary – so she could be attached to the ventilator which spent the next 13 hours breathing for her, because she wasn’t able to breathe on her own.
She was rushed by ambulance to U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital around midnight.
My daughter’s symptoms were caused by her blood alcohol level reaching its plateau at .43.
More than five times the legal limit.
High enough to kill a grown man.
The Doctors at Amplatz made it very clear to us that had her father had not found our child when he did, she would have undoubtedly died in that house last night.
We, by the Grace Of God alone, will not be burying our child this week. But only because we are extremely blessed.
And extremely lucky.
I hope my daughter and my niece understand how fortunate they both are. I hope they learned a valuable lesson in this. And I hope this experience shared can help prevent another child losing her life to alcohol.
Parents: Two hours. They were only alone for two hours.
Kids: Two beers and six shots is all it took to almost kill this girl.
Please share this. Help raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol poisoning and teenage binge drinking.
I never thought I could find us in a situation like this.
Neither did Taylor.
Maybe we should have.”