A university student was filmed lying ‘paralysed’ on a staircase after her drink was spiked at a nightclub.
Harrowing footage shows Ilana El-baz, 20, left struggling to talk or move after she returned home from a night out in Bristol three weeks ago.
The young woman says she had no idea what state she was in until her partner showed her the footage of her eyes rolling and her head slumped onto the bannister.
The video has emerged amid an alarming spate of spikings in the UK, including reports of spiking by ‘needle’.
Ilana says the state she was left in was the result of spiking and called on nightclubs to do more to protect customers.
In an interview with the BBC she said: ‘I basically got spiked at a nightclub in Bristol and I only knew it happened when I saw the videos of it.
‘And looking back on it I could have predicted it happening. Luckily I was with friends.
‘Looking back on it, this guy spiked me and the moment I told him, “Oh, I’m with my boyfriend,” he asked me if I wanted to dance with him, and the moment I was like “I’m with my boyfriend” he left me completely.
‘And like an hour later I went back home and it hit and I was completely paralysed.’
The 20-year-old is now calling on clubs to serve drinks with lids – although there are now growing reports of women being injected on nights out.
While they remain unverified, they have shone a light on the soaring number of drink spikings nationwide.
Another victim, Kirsty Howells, revealed her ‘terrifying’ ordeal after she had a seizure and almost stopped breathing when a stranger put something in her drink on a night out.
The 25-year-old from Swansea was out earlier this month when she was spiked with an unknown substance that left her unconscious.
She said she was ‘very shaken’ and now ‘anxious’ to go out drinking again any time soon.
Kirsty was found ‘laying face down’ and unresponsive on a table outside a bar.
She told WalesOnline: ‘When I woke up the next day I was very shaken and my anxiety was so bad because I couldn’t remember a thing that went on.
‘I honestly cannot imagine what someone’s intentions would have been had I not had the help and support that I did and that is what scares me the most.
‘My stomach churns just thinking about it, and to think I was one of the lucky ones is even more terrifying.’
So far, police forces in Nottingham, Leeds and Edinburgh are investigating more than a dozen incidents of women being injected with a drug.
The nationwide ‘epidemic’ of spikings has also prompted home secretary Priti Patel to order an urgent update from police.
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