A woman who overdosed and nearly died last month is crediting a car accident with helping save her life.
Katrina Henry, 26, of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, recently found herself as the subject of an unfortunate viral video that quickly spread on social media after she passed out and crashed into a parked car.
Henry reportedly stopped breathing and nearly died after sniffing what she thought was cocaine (possibly laced with fentanyl) and getting behind the wheel that day. The video that resulted after the crash has served as a jolting wake-up call, WITI-TV reported.
Up until that point, nothing had dissuaded Henry from continuing to take drugs — not an earlier arrest in March, not a dangerous encounter in a drug house. But it was after seeing herself in that dire state that she decided to seek treatment.
Three weeks later, she’s speaking out about the car crash, how she almost died — and the video of the incident that went viral. The clip was recorded by a man named Jon Adams, who said he started filming after he was sure someone had called 911. The clip sparked both shock and outrage. Adams told WDJT-TV that he wanted to show the reality of what addiction looks like.
As for Henry, she couldn’t believe what she was seeing, especially considering her past successes.
“I’ve always been a ‘good kid.’ I don’t drink. I like to paint. I like to draw. I work out. I was a cheerleader throughout high school,” Henry told the outlet. “I had an internship. I did research with my professor, and always had at least two jobs. I would have considered myself a very successful person.”
Now, she realizes how far she had fallen, noting that her addiction started when a boyfriend convinced her to take Percocet. Explaining that she’s “had a lot of bad things happen” in her life, she found herself trying to numb the pain. “They took me to the hospital, handcuffed me to the bed,” she said. “I died. I overdosed and died.”
While Henry said she’s ashamed that she overdosed and hit another woman’s car, she’s also “glad” that it all happened. Had the accident not unfolded, she said no one would have found her. Plus, seeing the entire spectacle forced her to seek help.
“I would have died there,” she said.
Luckily, authorities showed up and administered Narcon, which almost immediately brought her back from the brink. And now, three weeks into her recovery, Henry has a chance to turn everything around — something she seems intent on doing.
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