Teenager left in wheelchair after taking ecstasy releases video showing how 'tiny pill' had devastating effect

Amy Thomson spent weeks in a critical condition after taking MDMA at a party, but has since made a partial recovery

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The family of a Scottish teenager who was left on life support after taking MDMA have released a video showing her partial recovery and illustrating the devastating effects "a tiny pill" can have.

Amy Thomson collapsed after taking the drug at a party in Glasgow in June and spent weeks in a critical condition at Glasgow South hospital.

In the short video, posted by her family to a support page on Facebook, Amy is seen in a wheelchair in a garden.

Smiling at the camera and giving a difficult wave, she struggles to say: "Thank you, thank you everyone."

The video has been contrasted with images of a 16-year-old Amy in the months before she was taken ill at the party.

The video was liked more than 1,000 times within 48 hours of being posted, according to a report by Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.

The paper quoted Amy's cousin Kayla as writing on Facebook: "Some people may have cried, laughed or been shocked seeing the video. But this is what a tiny pill can do to you.

"If this isn't an eye opener for everyone who continues to take stuff, I dunno what is!"

Kayla and three other girls were taken to hospital following the 'ecstasy party' in Glasgow's Knightswood nighbourhood.

The three others, all in their teens, returned home soon after the incident, but Amy was left fighting for her life.

The Daily Record reported that police subsequently arrested a 33-year-old man and two women aged 17 and 18 for alleged drugs offences.

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