TWO young mums have been left fighting for their lives by a horror drug.
Doctors 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" cannabis by the same dealer.
Samantha's mother told the Herald she has "lost all hope".
Fidelma Morgan 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 from her Drogheda home.
"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."
Family friends described Ms Morgan as a "wonderful mother" to her seven-month-old son JJ.
It's believed that she was socialising on Monday night and had taken the cannabis.
"This is what we believe has happened," mum Fidelma said.
"I don't know anything more about it, she took a bit of cannabis but you cannot ever prepare yourself for something like this. She is a stay-at-home mother. She is a good person," she added.
Meanwhile, the family of Alannah Molloy revealed last night: "We're under so much pressure right now, things are extremely difficult for us.
"But we honestly don't know whether she will [survive]."
A friend of the Molloys said last night that they had been given a "glimmer of hope" that Alannah, who remains in a critical condition, would survive.
"Her eyes twittered slightly while she was in her hospital bed. Doctors are hoping that they will be able at some stage to move her off the ventilation machine," the friend said.
Mum-of-one Ms Molloy lives in nearby Kilsaran with her brother. It's understood that she has also suffered "catastrophic" organ failure.
A family friend, Cllr Pearse McGeogh, pleaded with 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.
Both victims presented themselves separately to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda on Monday night.
The HSE issued an alert right across the north east that the drug could be circulating in Cavan, Louth and Meath.
It is suspected that the cannabis may have been mixed with a synthetic drug.