When Ronnie collapsed on the street after consuming the drink, the older kids ran away, leaving him on the road, unconscious.
A 12-year-old autistic boy is fighting for his life after he was given a can of drink believed to have been mixed with bleach. As per Daily Mail, Ronnie Phillips, 12, from Crawley in West Sussex, sneaked out of his home with his brother Jimmy, 11, while their mother, Danielle Potter, was asleep on Friday. Potter said her sons met up with a bunch of older kids who gave Ronnie a drink, claiming it was gin. When Ronnie collapsed on the street after consuming the drink, the others ran away. While it is yet to be confirmed what substance was mixed with the alcohol, the family believes that the drink was mixed with bleach.
Ronnie's brother Jimmy, who has been traumatized by the incident, stayed beside Ronnie thinking he was dead. A woman who found the boys called emergency services and Ronnie was rushed to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, where he was put in an induced coma in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Since then, he's been taken off life support and is expected to go back home soon. Danielle Potter took to Facebook to share the rather horrible incident. She wrote: I have not put these on Facebook for attention for myself I’ve chosen to actually post these as a warning to other kids about the dangers of drinking.
Everyone thinks it won’t happen to me ....but here’s proof that actually it could happen things could go horribly wrong, what my 12-yr-old thought would be a laugh and a bit of fun with his mates has resulted in him like this in a coma a machine breathing for him and in ICU ward at London (all because he drank gin). Please share. Ronnie's grandmother, Tracey Willmor, said, "He is now awake but can't understand why no one likes him and would do this to him when he thought they were his friends. I want to show him that people do care and are not all nasty." A fundraiser has been set up by the grandmother to reportedly support Ronnie through this time. The thing is, there are kids like this, and then there are kids like Blake Rajahn who chose to be a friend in need on his first day of school.
As we reported earlier, Blake's mom, Nikki Rajahn, who runs a business, told Blake that as a back to school gift, she will "make him any shirt he would like ". She added: "It could have anything- a basketball theme, football, etc. which are all his favorites". It was at this time Blake suggested that he wanted a t-shirt with a message for his new classmates instead. Goes without saying that when Blake replied "Will you please make me a shirt that says 'I will be your friend' for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?", her heart (and ours now) melted. His mom got him a simple orange t-shirt with a sweet message of "I will be your friend" written on it. Now isn't that just adorable!