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Young man shares 'coma photo' on Facebook to spread anti-drug message

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 10/08/2015 | 13:30

Jordan Blackcurn in a medically induced coma.
Pic : Cumbria Police
Jordan Blackcurn in a medically induced coma. Pic : Cumbria Police

A young man, who required hospitalisation after taking unknown illegal substances at a music festival, has released a photo of himself in an induced coma in an effort to dissuade others from suffering the same fate.

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Jordan Blackburn (20) became unwell at Kendal Calling Festival in England's Lake District on July 31.

Blackburn's post on Facebook
Blackburn's post on Facebook

His friend Christian Pay (19) tragically died from drug related complications after taking substances at the same music event.

Blackburn said that he posted the grim photo to emphasise how deadly drugs and unknown substances can be.

"I don't have much recollection, I think because it was such a traumatic event.

"It was really awful.

"You never think at that moment it is ever going to happen to you, but unfortunately you learn the hard way," he told BBC News.

He explained that he is trying to create positivity out of something very negative.

Blackburn's mother said her son wanted to save others from suffering the same fate.

"I thought my world was about to end, I really did.

"I knew about Christian and I just thought we'd lost him," she said.

She added that Blackburn recognises that he's been given a second chance at life.

"Physically he's fine, he's still really tired, his body has been through quite a trauma.

"Mentally he's coping OK, but I think he's got what I would call survivor's guilt," she said.

In total 14 people were treated in hospital after falling ill at the event.

Cumbria Police said four people arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply were on bail.

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