Three people who were among a group of nine rushed to hospital after a suspected mass drug overdose have returned home, as three of their friends fight for their lives.
A total of nine people were found unconscious at a home in Perth about midnight on Tuesday, the group were ‘rolling around’ on the floor when paramedics arrived.
It’s understood the nine victims, two women and seven men, are all aged in their 20s and are believed to be foreigners currently backpacking or studying in Australia.
Less than 24 hours after their shocking near death experience three of the travellers returned to their accommodation wearing hospital gowns and smiles on their faces, as three others remain in comas in Royal Perth Hospital.
Ambulance officers who attended the scene told of their shock at finding the group in a zombie-like state, ‘rolling around’ on the ground of the home when they arrived.
Paramedics had to sedate all nine people at the home due to them ‘punched’ and ‘kicking’ at emergency services as they tried to help.
Of the nine three remain in ICU at Royal Perth Hospital, with their physician saying it was lucky any of them are alive.
‘There were nine people at this location, three of whom are still in a critical condition in ICU,’ a Royal Perth Hospital spokesperson said on Wednesday.
‘They were brought to us in a state of agitated delirium, they were hallucinating, their hearts were racing. Several of them have had to be put in a medically induced coma.
‘I need to emphasise how seriously unwell they are. It was lucky there was someone on scene who could call an ambulance, because their lives were in danger.
It’s understood the nine victims, two women and seven men, are all aged in their 20s and are believed to be foreigners currently backpacking or studying in Australia
One of the men involved in the suspected overdose shakes hands with his taxi driver as he arrives back at the Perth house
‘It appears the patients didn’t know where they were, they were rolling around on stretchers and at the scene as well.’
The spokesperson said doctors were yet to determine exactly what drug the group had allegedly taken, but said their symptoms were common with many substances.
‘We don’t know the drug involved at this stage so we don’t really want to speculate any further at this point,’ the spokesperson said.
That cluster of systems is quite common to a lot of illicit drugs. There are many synthetic drugs now… and we don’t really know much about them.’
Neighbours who watched on as the group was helped from the house described the chaotic scenes as ‘really, really scary.’
‘They were all coming past in a line, it was so scary and they had glassed eyes and they were like in a different world, it was so scary to look at… a lot of them were having seizures,’ Sophie Barnet told the ABC.
Emergency services were called to the home in Perth just before midnight on Tuesday, finding a group of seriously ill people in different states of unconsciousness
Doctors have not yet determined which drug the group had taken, but said they were acting as though they didn’t know where they were when paramedics arrived
‘There was one guy that was really violent on the stretcher, he was like punching the air and everything.’
Another local resident described the house as a backpacker’s ‘bed and breakfast’, and said the victims were acting in an almost zombie-like state.
‘It was just absolutely crazy. People just started coming out in stretchers, most of them were in like an unconscious state, but one of them was kicking and having almost like a spasm.’
Three men were taken from the house on Colombo Street in Victoria Park to Royal Perth Hospital, with two in critical condition and one serious.
Two men and a woman were taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital and their conditions are currently unknown.
The other three effected, two men and a woman, were rushed to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital where two remain in intensive care.
A neighbour told the ABC the house was like a backpackers ‘bed and breaskast’
Police have seized substances from the home and Organised Crime have been notified of the presence of drugs.
The large wood-finished home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a battle-axe driveway that leads to off-street parking.
The house also has a large pool in the backyard.