Sunday 15 September 2019

Teenager in critical condition after falling ill at festival

Cork University Hospital
Cork University Hospital

Ralph Riegel

A teenager was in critical condition last night after suddenly falling ill at a popular music festival.

The 19-year-old sought medical attention at the Indiependence Festival in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, late last Friday evening after suddenly complaining of feeling unwell.

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The teen was brought to medical staff by concerned friends. He was immediately treated on site before being rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

His condition deteriorated and he is now understood to be in a critical condition.

His family were notified and they are at his hospital bedside.

The teen is not from Cork. He is understood to have been visiting the three-day festival from another county in Munster with a group of friends.

The circumstances in which the young man fell ill are not yet clear.

A festival spokesperson confirmed they were aware of the incident.

"A 19-year-old male reported to medical (staff) on Friday evening and was treated on site by a doctor before being transferred to CUH where his condition is being monitored," the spokesperson said.

"We do not have any further information at this time."

More than 15,000 music fans are attending the Mitchelstown event.

In a social media posting as the festival opened, the organisers issued a welfare message warning festival-goers about "a bad batch of something in the campsite".

"We have reports of a bad batch of something in the campsite - do not consume any substance that you are unsure about.

"It has the potential to make you very sick. Please be careful and look after each other," it urged.

A similar welfare alert was issued by CUH on social media. "CUH has received patients with very severe illness from taking ecstasy at the Indie19 festival in Mitchelstown," the hospital posted on Twitter.

"We are aware that a text message was issued to attendees concerning reports of a bad batch of something on the campsite. Please circulate and to all attending stay safe."

Performers at the festival include Bastille, Gavin James, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Lewis Capaldi.

The festival continues tonight with Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro headlining.

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