After nearly losing her 16-year-old daughter, Taylor, to alcohol poisoning, Kelliee Jo Nelson took to Facebook to warn other parents of the dangers of binge-drinking.
It all started when Taylor and her cousin raided her father’s liquor cabinet while they were home alone for two hours on March 7, 2014.
Two hours—that’s all it took for Taylor’s body to go into complete shock and quit functioning.
“This is what 2 beers, 2 shots of Captain Morgan, 2 shots of apple pie moonshine, 2 shots of whiskey, and a handful of liquor soaked blueberries looks like on a 16 year old.
My daughter and her cousin decided to throw themselves a party last night while they were home alone for 2 hours at their dads’ house. They raided the liquor cabinet and when my ex-husband got home he found the girls drunk and our daughter unresponsive. He rushed her to the hospital in Wyoming, and Court and I met him there.
When I arrived I was rushed into the ER and there was my child, lying on a gurney. She was covered in heated blankets to combat hyperthermia – her body temperature was 95 degrees. She was being pumped full of iv fluids. One of the tubes in her throat was running into her stomach continuously draining the fluid therein.
It took the ER team 3 attempts to intubate Taylor, they tore her throat up in the process. It was necessary – so she could be attached to the ventilator which spent the next 13 hours breathing for her, because she wasn’t able to breathe on her own.
She was rushed by ambulance to [the University of Minnesota] Amplatz Children’s Hospital around midnight.
My daughter’s symptoms were caused by her blood alcohol level reaching it’s plateau at .43.
More than 5 times the legal limit.
High enough to kill a grown man.
The Doctors at Amplatz made it very clear to us that had her father had not found our child when he did, she would have undoubtedly died in that house last night.
We, by the Grace Of God alone, will not be burying our child this week. But only because we are extremely blessed.
And extremely lucky.
I hope my daughter and my niece understand how fortunate they both are. I hope they learned a valuable lesson in this. And I hope this experience shared can help prevent another child losing her life to alcohol.
Parents: 2 hours. They were only alone for 2 hours.
Kids: 2 beers and 6 shots is all it took to almost kill this girl.
Please share this. Help raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol poisoning and teenage binge drinking.
I never thought I could find us in a situation like this.
Neither did Taylor.
Maybe we should have.”
Kelliee’s plea to parents has been shared 1.1 million times from her Facebook page, making this a warning that we cannot afford to ignore.
The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, but rarely do we find kids anymore who make it through high school—let alone the first few years of college—without putting that poison to their lips.
Share this with your kids and other parents that you know, and talk with your family about the dangers of binge-drinking. Never did the Nelsons believe that this would be THEM. But it was, and their experience is one that could literally save another person’s life.