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Nitrogen Cocktail Teenager Considers Suing
A teenager who had her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen has said it has ruined her life.
Gaby Scanlon had been celebrating her 18th birthday with friends at Oscars wine bar in Lancaster on October 4 when she drank two shots of Jagermeister mixed with a small amount of liquid nitrogen.
She immediately experienced severe stomach pain and was rushed by friends to Lancaster Royal Infirmary where doctors discovered her stomach lining had perforated.
The damage was so bad surgeons removed her stomach and connected her oesophagus directly to her small bowel.
Ms Scanlon, of Heysham, Lancashire, explained that everything was fine after the first drink but the moment she drank the second she felt "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 told the Daily Mail.
Ms Scanlon spent three weeks in hospital and is now severely limited in what she can eat.
She faces a life on vitamin supplements and liquid meals. Without a stomach she has been told she will never experience hunger again - or the pleasure of satisfying it.
An investigation is being conducted by Lancashire Police, who said: "The investigation is still in its early stages and we are still interviewing witnesses to establish the full facts.
"The premises involved have fully co-operated and have suspended drinks involving liquid nitrogen."
Oscars Wine Bar said in a statement: "This unfortunate incident is part of an ongoing police investigation and as such we cannot make any comments other than to say that we are tremendously concerned for the person involved and our heartfelt best wishes go to them and their family at this distressing time."
Ms Scanlon is considering legal action against Oscars. She said: "I feel angry these theatrical cocktails seem to be aimed at younger people, especially 18-year-olds who are just legally able to drink and want to go out and try these things, but it's not worth it."
"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."