31 October 2012
Teenager considering damages claim after stomach removal
Compensation may be sought by a teenager who was forced to undergo life-changing surgery after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.
Gaby Scanlon hit the headlines earlier this month when it emerged she needed to have her stomach removed after the drink caused irreparable damage to her insides.
The teenager was celebrating her 18th birthday with a group of friends at Oscar's wine bar and bistro in Lancaster on October 4th when she consumed two shots of Jagermeister that had been laced with liquid nitrogen.
And in an interview with the Daily Mail, it has emerged that Ms Scanlon and her parents are considering taking legal action against the establishment for her ordeal.
Ms Scanlon explained that while she felt fine after drinking the first shot, the second serving left her in "excruciating pain".
"I'd been warned by the barman the drink might make me a bit gassy, so I didn't think too much of it, but then my stomach started to expand and I felt sick," she noted.
As the pain started to get worse, Ms Scanlon's friends took her to Lancaster Royal Infirmary, where scans revealed she had suffered a severe perforation in her stomach and doctors subsequently decided they had no choice but to take her stomach out.
She was then kept in hospital for a period of three weeks and medical experts have told her she will now have to eat liquid meals and take vitamin supplements for the rest of her life.
Ms Scanlon went on to say she feels "angry" that the bar seemed to be targeting younger people with the dangerous drink.
"I try to stay strong. I'm an optimistic person. It could have been very much worse and I'm very grateful to be alive, but it should never have happened in the first place," she added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney