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Mother Shares Heartbreaking Photo of Son After Cocaine Use

Carl Ayres, 29, had taken cocaine on New Year's Eve last year and suffered a life-altering stroke only fives days later.

The in-shape ex-marine was then left in a coma, as doctors said he would be left paralyzed. It was so bad that at one point, his life support machine was almost switched off.

Fortunately, he has survived but he can no longer walk or talk. His mother, Julie Ayres, 50, says she has to wipe his bottom. She decided to release a heartbreaking photo of him in the hospital, hoping it will serve as a warning to others. Mrs. Ayres also feels "broken" over what has happened to her son. She said, "It's absolutely heartbreaking. He was so active and full of life. He ran his own business. Now I wipe his bum."

She went on to say "Some days I don't want to get out of bed. But I always do. I always act cheerful around him." Mr. Ayres took cocaine at a local pub in Farnborough, Hampshire. On January 4, the ex-marine went for a five-mile run, which is believed to have triggered high blood pressure that caused a slow-moving clot to develop.

The next morning, Ayres, who owns a digger company, collapsed at a client's house. He flickered his eyes open a few days later, but his family told him that he was likely to have locked-in syndrome--where, the body and facial muscles are paralyzed, but the person is conscious and able to move their eyes.

He was taken to accident and emergency in Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey where he was transferred to intensive care and remained in a coma for four days. His family had to ask him if he took cocaine. He admitted to it, which, is when doctors did tests and found the drug in his system.

He is now in a rehabilitation center in Southampton. In addition, he is undergoing physiotherapy. Mrs. Ayres says that her son is intent on defying doctors and walking.

She added, "If I can get one other person to realize how it's affected my family and Carl then going public has to be worth it."

Photo: Daily Mail

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