The teenager who needed life-saving surgery after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen has said she is lucky to be alive.
Gaby Scanlon, who had to have her stomach removed after the incident last month, also hit out at the “theatrical cocktails” being served to youngsters in bars.
She drank two shots of Jagermeister liqueur laced with liquid nitrogen on a night out a in Lancaster to celebrate her birthday.
The 18-year-old, an A-level pupil at Ripley St Thomas Academy in Lancaster, is now severely limited in what she can eat and faces a life on vitamin supplements and liquid replacement meals.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said: “I feel angry that these theatrical cocktails seem to be aimed at younger people, especially 18-year-olds who are just legally able to drink and want to go out and try these things, but it is not worth it.
“I try to stay strong. I’m an optimistic person.
“It could have been very much worse and I’m very grateful to be alive, but it should never have happened in the first place.”
She told how she suffered “excruciating pain” after being poured the drink by a barman at Oscar’s wine bar and bistro on George Street in the city.
She told the newspaper: “I’d been warned by the barman the drink might make me a bit gassy, so I didn’t think too much of it, but then my stomach started to expand and I felt sick.
“Soon I was doubled up with pain. People were asking me if I was all right, but I couldn’t say anything because my stomach hurst so much. Everyone went into a panic. I couldn’t talk, I could barely walk and everything was just a blur of pain. I was so frightened. I knew the drink must have caused it
The teenager spent several weeks at Lancaster Royal Infirmary, where doctors discovered the damage was so bad they remove d her stomach and connected her oesophagus directly to her small bowel.
Miss Scanlon, from Heysham, says she has been warned about eating spicy foods or drinking alcohol but she said: “I don’t know if I ever want to have another drink again, not after the last time.
“I am just glad to be home and I’m determined to live a normal life, but at the moment I just feel so tired. Climbing the stairs wears me out.”
She and her family are considering making a civil claim against the bar for compensation. The bar was unavailable to comment on the threat of legal action.