‘Bright, caring’ schoolboy, 13, died after ‘violent reaction’ to Donkey Kong ecstasy tablet – The Sun

A "BRIGHT and caring" 13-year-old schoolboy died after a violent reaction to a Donkey Kong ecstasy tablet, a coroner has ruled.

Carson Price was found "pale and shaking" after taking the pill while with friends at the local park in Caerphilly, South Wales last year.

The schoolboy was rushed to hospital but tragically died.

A coroner has since ruled the young boy died as a result of taking "excessive" amounts of ecstasy – also known as MDMA.

The pills are shaped and stamped to look like the face of the Nintendo character Donkey Kong, an ape, and are stamped with the character's "DK" logo on the reverse.

They are a form of MDMA, which has been linked to the deaths of other teenagers.

An earlier hearing was told Carson had been taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff where his condition "rapidly deteriorated" after he took the pill at Ystrad Mynach, near Caerphilly at the start of the Easter holidays last year.

Coroner's officer Geoffrey Ronayne said: "The emergency services responded to a call of a male youth who had passed out in a park in Ystrad Mynach.

"On their arrival he was in and out of consciousness, pale and shaking.

"“He was immediately conveyed by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

"His condition rapidly deteriorated and despite medical intervention and life saving procedures, he passed away later that evening."

Coroner Sarah Le Fevre the 13-year-old boy had taken an "excessive amount of MDMA".

She said: "He reacted violently to this drug and despite the efforts of medical staff died from the effects on 12th April 2019 at the University Hospital Wales."

Since the tragedy, Carson's mother Tatum Price, 39, appealed for other youngsters to reject the drugs – which are being sold for as little as £2-a-pill.



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In a statement his mother and father Brian told how "our lives changed forever when our little boy was taken away from us." The pair said: "Thinking of another family going through what we have is unbearable.

"We urge people to talk about the devastating consequences that drugs can have and how they destroy lives.

"Carson was bright and caring, kind and loving. He was a cheeky little boy."


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