Mother, 26, says she is ‘lucky to be alive’ after claiming her drink was spiked on night out that left her vomiting blood and suffering severe seizures

  • Danielle Holmes, 26, had drink spiked during a night out in North Yorkshire
  • She was rushed to hospital after she became unconscious and couldn’t breathe
  • The mother-of-one’s symptoms were so severe she is banned from driving 
  • At hospital, Ms Holmes became ‘locked’ in her own body for several hours 

A mother-of-one has revealed the terrifying moment she was left vomiting blood and experiencing severe seizures after a ‘quiet’ night at the pub with her friend.

Danielle Holmes, 26, believes she was spiked after visiting her local haunt in her hometown of Wetherby, West Yorkshire last Friday, when the night spiralled out of control and she was rushed to hospital.  

The social worker student, who only had four drinks, has now been banned from driving for six months and will be monitored by a neurologist. 

Ms Holmes is now speaking out about her ordeal after she was left ‘locked’ in her body and couldn’t move whilst doctors battled to save her life.  

Ms Holmes (pictured) ‘couldn’t breathe’ after she left the pub to get a takeaway and began vomiting bloody and fitting on the floor

The mother-of-one was locked in her body and couldn’t move her legs or arms, whilst doctors warned she may have a cardiac arrest 


Ms Holmes (pictured right) credits her friend Brooke Sharpe (left) for saving her life by calling the emergency services and placing her in the recovery position while they waited for an ambulance that rushed them to Harrogate District Hospital in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Ms Holmes revealed that she only had four drinks and is ‘lucky to be alive’.

The last thing she remembers was being sat in the pub ‘having a laugh’ with her friend, Brooke Sharpe, who she credits for saving her life, before leaving to get a takeaway.

She says: ‘I ordered my last drink and said “shall we go home because I feel quite drunk”.

 ‘We went to go and get a takeaway and as soon as we got in there I said to my friend, “You need to ring an ambulance, I can’t breathe. I’m going to die”. 

‘I went outside and waited on the step for her and she came out and I was throwing up blood and started having seizures on the floor and that’s when I fully went unconscious.

‘Brooke put me into the recovery position and called an ambulance. She saved my life. I could have quite easily gone straight home and that could have happened at home and nobody would have known.’

Ms Holmes was rushed to Harrogate District Hospital in Harrogate, North Yorkshire where she was able to speak or move, and had to communicate to medics using her eyes.  

She says: ‘When I was in hospital I had an out-of-body experience where I could hear everyone talking, panicking and rushing around trying to help me, but I couldn’t actually move anything or give a response.

Ms Holmes (pictured, in hospital) had a series of blood tests, x-rays and a CT scan to determine what had happened to her

‘I couldn’t feel anything but I could just hear it, it was like I was locked in my own body but my body wasn’t moving.

‘I came around but I couldn’t move my legs, arms or speak. I was just communicating through my eyes.

‘The doctors were concerned about the lack of movement in my body and also worried I was going to go into cardiac arrest.’ 

Terrified Ms Holmes later gained movement in her arms and could speak by 6.30am, but was unable to walk a few hours later.

After being discharged by midday on September 25th, doctors – who have yet to establish what drug she was spiked with – told her she is unable to drive for at least six months in case she suffers another seizure. 

Ms Holmes said: ‘I was saying to my parents that I don’t think I’ll go out for a long time and the thought of drinking alcohol just makes me sick to my stomach. 

‘I’ve still got the side effects of whatever I was spiked with and the stuff that happened in hospital – the chest pain and the shortness of breath.

‘But psychologically I haven’t been well since I got out of hospital. I just keep crying, have low moods and not able to understand what happened and why it happened.

‘The reason I posted was because I never expected this to happen to me and it’s not like we were out in a nightclub and there were loads of people.

‘It was a quiet pub and there were about nine or ten people in there, and I would never have said if anyone was to get spiked that it would be in an area like that.’

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