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Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Jamie Johnston, 25, of Newcastle in New South Wales, who was holidaying with her mother at Indonesia's popular resort island of Bali, drank a popular local rice wine known as arak when she fell ill about three weeks ago, the Newcastle Herald reported. The beverage was a mixture of arak and fruit juice and was consumed at the Happy Cafe restaurant on the neighboring island of Lombok.

However, after the severity of the incident, investigations were launched and test results revealed that the beverage contained methanol, which is commonly used as anti-freeze in paint. The traditional beverage of arak is made from fermented rice, palm sap, and other base ingredients.

Johnston, a nurse at the John Hunter Hospital, did not seek medical attention until she collapsed at the airport as she awaited her flight back home. Emergency teams transferred her to a local hospital in Bali and she was later flown back to Australia.

Johnston is currently at Darwin Hospital where she has been receiving treatment for brain damage and kidney failure, the report said. Efforts are ongoing to transfer her to the John Hunter Hospital.

New South Wales Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the incident was a tragic reminder of the care tourists need to take when traveling overseas. The minister described the situation as 'tragic,' noting that Australians love traveling to Bali.

"It is horrific to think that simply by enjoying a few cocktails on a family holiday this young nurse is now facing a very grim future," Skinner stated. "If you are visiting Bali, I urge you to take out medical insurance and seek help immediately from any one of the medical centers on Bali or Lombok if you start to feel ill."

In 2009, a batch of arak contaminated with methanol killed at least 25 people in Bali.


Tags: Australian, braindamage, methanol, cocktail, drink


Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





Anne Mieke
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The Happy Cafe in Senggigi? My God, I've been there "a thousand" times and also this arak/fruit juice was my favourite........



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(Edited) Posted @ 13 October 2011 01:10

Hi,

Here is another report of the woman's dilemma.
www.perthnow.com.au/news/austr(...)frg12c-1226164502056

Arak is a dangerous drink because no one knows what has been added to it.
In 2009 up to 50 locals in Bali died of poisoning after drinking methanol laced arak as well as about 6 travellers.
Travellers be aware.
Pamela



pPamela
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Hi,

Just found this excellent post on TA explaining the use of methanol in the production of alcohol and if the quantity is at a dangerous level the poster explains what happens to the human body.
www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-(...)t_Nusa_Tenggara.html
Pamela.



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On 12-10-2011 07:35 Anne Mieke wrote:
The Happy Cafe in Senggigi? My God, I've been there "a thousand" times and also this arak/fruit juice was my favourite........
It only needs one supplier that needs some extra money and decides to mix methanol and people elsewhere get injured or killed unfortunately. Responible drinking? It all starts with responsible thinking I guess.



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