A mother of three became paralyzed and unable to breathe after her vapor was stimulated during a night out.
Emma Sugrue-Lawrence, 43, was unable to move normally for two days after her electronic cigarette was laced with suspected mamba spray.
Emma, a social worker, was at the Grain Store nightclub in Wolverhampton on Saturday, August 21, when a man approached her and asked if he could offer her a drink.
She refused but ran into the man again in the smoking room where she handed him her vape to try.
The man then took the vape to the toilet and came back a few minutes later to return the vape to Emma, who took a few puffs of it.
She said she was paralyzed within ten minutes. A shocking photo shows Emma passing out on a stretcher on her way to New Cross Hospital after a friend called an ambulance.
Emma Sugrue-Lawrence, 43, was unable to move normally for two days after her electronic cigarette was laced with suspected mamba spray during a night out in Wolverhampton
“Within a matter of ten minutes I wasn’t feeling quite well and was feeling quite dizzy and very, very sweaty.
“I said to my friend, I knew right away that something wasn’t right and we have to go outside.
“By the time I left the club and walked across the road, my legs were out from under me and I was drenched in sweat,” Emma said.
“After five minutes my whole body stopped and I couldn’t even use my eyes, but I knew what was going on.
“I told my friend I got a nail.
“Then I started going in and out of consciousness because I couldn’t take my chin off my chest to keep breathing.
“And then the next thing I remember waking up in the hospital.”
Emma said she feels traumatized after the attack, which she says could have been more terrifying.
“I’m fine now, but it took me a while to realize what had happened,” said the married mother from Telford, adding: “It took me a few days to realize how lucky I was.”
“It was playing in my head, the what if, like what could have happened if my boyfriend wasn’t there. It could have been much worse.
“You hear about those rapes – I couldn’t move, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t. I couldn’t open my eyes, but I was aware of everything that was going on.
“It played in my head what these poor girls are actually going through who are actually being raped.
“But you know they’re aware of everything that’s happening, but they can’t move.
“They can’t scream, they can’t stop it.”
“It’s a very horrific image and it speaks volumes when you look at it. I burst into tears and it made me quite emotional but I need to get that out so people know,” Emma said of the image above
Emma recalled that it took two days for her to move normally, but that even when her legs “gave up and went like jelly.”
“It was absolutely horrible, but it took until about Wednesday for my legs to feel normal again,” she said.
According to Emma, the police outside the club initially dismissed her friend’s concerns, thinking that Emma was just drunk.
“She asked them to call an ambulance, but they said if she was that concerned she should call an ambulance herself and I was just drunk.
“She said I wasn’t drunk and I got nails.
“I was freezing, but sweating so bad I felt like I just got out of the shower,” said Emma, remembering hearing the panic in her friend’s voice but unable to respond.
“I plopped down on the wall and I couldn’t keep my head off my chest, my chin was pressing against my chest and it was blocking my breathing.
“She kept my chin off my chest.”
At the time of her attack, Emma was out with a group of friends of her boyfriend’s daughter at the crowded club.
She describes the man who took her vape as having a well-groomed beard and said he wore a bright, striped shirt and clung to their group during the night out.
Emma thinks she got sick around 1am and woke up three hours later at New Cross Hospital.
She remembers being freezing and unable to use her phone to call her husband. Emma was transferred to a waiting area for immediate care and spent hours alone.
‘I was quite scared. At 8 am my friend came in and I said “please take me home” so I went to fire myself and they told me to wait to get tested and see the doctor but I said I’ll have the whole had waited night and she had done nothing.
“That was probably a big mistake, because there’s no trace of what was or wasn’t there.”
Since posting on Facebook about her horrific ordeal, Emma has been approached by several men and women who say they were targeted by the same people at the location that night.
Emma (right) was helped by her friend Vicky Davies (left) who called the ambulance when Emma started to feel unwell
As a support worker for people with drug and addiction problems, Emma says she is very careful on nights out.
Judging by the way her body stopped, she thinks she was spiked with mamba spray.
“You only need a little bit of it and you can just spray it around the base of the vape,” she said.
‘I was in the hospital and thought ‘how the hell did that happen to me?’, I didn’t drink from anyone, just four shots that I saw flowing. But then I found out it must have been my vape.
“You put your vape in your mouth and there’s only a thin layer of skin on your lip and it goes straight into your bloodstream.
“I think he rubbed it on when he was in the toilet or just sprayed it on.
“To get mamba into prisons, they spray it on paper and then smoke the paper.”
Emma says she was glad her friend Vicky Davies, 44, took a photo of her on a stretcher in the ambulance.
“It’s a very horrific image and it speaks volumes when you look at it. I burst into tears and it made me quite emotional, but I need to get that out so people know.
“It’s kind of shocking and anyone who knows it knows what I do for a living and knows that I’m pretty excited and aware of this sort of thing.
“I’m 43 and it happened to me that I was worried about these younger girls dating.
“If they target you, they will get you any way they can.
“You just wouldn’t think it would be like this because everyone says you should watch your drink.”