Posted in the London Forum
#1 Jan 11, 2013
I hope this is not in the area, in case, here goes. A man died after suffering devastating brain damage after drinking 'pint after pint' of water.
His family believe the problems started when an Ecstasy pill was slipped into his drink during an evening out.
Matthew Ellis, 29 died more than seven months later from a chest infection in hospital in Sheffield.
He was rushed to intensive care after collapsing at his father's home on Boxing Day last year.
Matthew's mother Maureen warned others about the little known but catastrophic dangers of drinking too much water.
The drug made him crave water and the excess liquid he drank caused his salt levels to plummet bringing on a rare brain condition called extrapontine myelinolysis.
Mrs Ellis, 62, said:'There is no health warning, water is good for you if you have a certain amount,'.
'But we want to make people more aware not to drink that much. Matthew went through absolute hell and it's such a waste of a young life.'
Mrs Ellis, a council technical support officer, said Matthew had been working in Wales before Christmas and had taken time off over the holiday period and was staying in Sheffield with his family.
He had been due to start a job at Doncaster Prison in January.
He stayed out late drinking on Boxing Day before going back to spend the night at the home of his 66-year-old father Ken in Lowedges, Sheffield.
'The following day he felt poorly and stared drinking lots of water,' said Mrs Ellis.
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