In January, a U.K. college student suffered three heart attacks after consuming 10 Jagerbombs in one night. Jagerbombs, as you may know, are made by mixing the liquor Jagermeister with Red Bull.
18-year-old Jayde Dinsdale said she consumed the inordinate number of Jagerbombs on a 2-for-1 night at a local club. She went home and slept following her night out, but problems started the next morning.
While talking to her mother, Dinsdale suddenly dropped to the floor. She was having a heart attack.
“She was her normal bubbly self, but suddenly her chest jolted and she fell to the floor, hitting her head on the bath and radiator,” her mother said. “I put her in the recovery position and stabilized her but she had another fit. I screamed for my husband. Dinsdale’s pulse was very faint and she started to go purple. She was dead on the bathroom floor – it’s a miracle that she is still with us.”
Her father saved her life by performing CPR. Her family called an ambulance, and Dinsdale was taken to the hospital. There, doctors put her in an induced coma to prevent more heart attacks. She stayed in the coma for 52 hours.
After waking from the coma, doctors implanted a defibrillator under her shoulder to shock her heart back into a normal rhythm if it started beating too fast or too slowly.
“She was covered in tubes. Nothing can prepare you for seeing your child like that,” Dinsdale’s mother said.
Doctors told Dinsdale her heart attacks were likely caused by the amount of caffeine she consumed the night before. A 250 milliliter can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, which is comparable to an 8 oz. cup of coffee. It’s not hard to see why drinking the equivalent of 10 cups of coffee in two hours could prove problematic.
“I hope people will think twice about energy drinks – they could be deadly,” Dinsdale said.