For seventeen-year-old Jasmine Baker schoolies was meant to be about celebrating the end of many years of hard work.
It was meant to be a week of friendships and laughter in the sun.
It was meant to be about partying, but also about being safe.
Nothing could have prepared her family for this.
On Friday night her holiday ended after the seventeen-year-old schoolie fell ill and was airlifted to Darwin.
She had been partying with her friends as seventeen year olds at schoolies do, and unknowingly drank a cocktail suspected to be spiked with methanol.
On ABC radio this morning her father Errol Baker said that Jasmine’s friends noticed she was acting strangely after drinking the cocktail and took her back to the hotel. They contacted the Australian organization Red Frogs, who help schoolies. They took her to the hospital.
The family of the dark haired high school student said she was poisoned at the popular Bounty Tavern Bar in Bali.
Jasmine Baker, from the NSW Central Coast was one of the lucky ones.
She remained in hospital yesterday and is understood to have returned home overnight.
Her Father told the ABC this morning and said that he had re-inforced the message to his daughter before she travelled to Bali only to drink alcohol from bottles. He said it was simply a matter of letting her guard down when she drank the cocktail.
Methanol is often added to drinks at bars and nightclubs in Indonesia so they can make their products go further, leading to an increased profit margin.
In May this year, a young British backpacker died after drinking poisonous methanol labeled as gin during her ‘holiday of a lifetime’.
The Daily Mail reported that the twenty-three year beautician woke up unable to see was put in an induced coma. Doctors battled to save her from the effects of methanol poisoning – blindness, kidney damage and seizures but were unable and after five days switched off her life support.
Jasmine Baker’s family knew the danger she was in and took to Facebook to warn others and to pass on the condition of their daughter.
“PLEASE PASS ON TO ALL SCHOOLIES If any one knows any one or has friends in BALI here is a WARNING,” her father Errol Baker wrote on Friday night.