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Sunday 20 October 2019

Contaminated drug probe as young mums fight for life

Samantha Morgan
Samantha Morgan
Alannah Molloy

Grainne Cunningham

TWO young mothers are fighting for their lives after they took what they believed to be a recreational drug.

Medical teams were last night battling to save Samantha Morgan (24) and Alannah Molloy (25) who suffered multiple organ failure.

Gardai believe the pair, who did not know each other, were dealt "contaminated" drugs by the same dealer and while it is believed it may have been cannabis, there are also concerns it was mixed with some other more potent substance.

Samantha's mother revealed how she has "lost all hope" for her daughter. Fidelma Morgan, who lives in Drogheda, said she believed her "little baby" was slipping away.

"We've been told that the best case scenario is that Sam will be left with permanent brain damage. We are just distraught," she said. "She's my little baby and my only child, and now she's slipping away from me.

"We've lost all hope. My father is already making his way over from England for whatever will happen next.

"We're bracing ourselves for the funeral to be honest."

Ms Morgan was described as a "wonderful mother" to seven-month-old son JJ by family friends who were as shocked by the tragedy as her mother.

It's believed that the young woman was socialising on Monday night and had taken the cannabis. The family of Alannah Molloy also revealed they have braced themselves for the worst: "We're under so much pressure right now, things are extremely difficult for us. But we honestly don't know whether she will [survive]."

Ms Molloy, who has one child, lives in nearby Kilsaran with her brother. It's understood that she has also suffered "catastrophic" organ failure.

Cllr Pearse McGeogh, who knows the Molloy family, pleaded with other young people in the Co Louth area not to take cannabis.

"Please, please destroy it if you have any. We must avoid another situation like this. We are talking about two young girls now battling to survive."

Last night, sources close to the garda investigation said they believe they have identified the dealer who sold the drug.

Irish Independent

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