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Man receives $63,000 for falling into K-hole

A Campbell River man has received $63,000 in damages for an "out-of-body experience" in which he said he saw God after being accidentally overdosed with the painkiller Ketamine while recovering from back surgery in Vancouver General Hospital.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole made the award to former social worker Bradley Weafer, 38, but rejected Weafer's claim that he had suffered significant brain damage as a result of the overdose, which occurred Aug. 11, 2001.

Cole found that Weafer suffered psychological trauma from the overdose, in which he received the entire contents of a 500-milligram bag of Ketamine -- being administered intravenously -- over a five-minute period. He was supposed to have received three millilitres an hour for 24 hours.

The overdose caused him to lose consciousness and he needed to be resuscitated. He later told his parents he'd had a terrifying out-of-body experience, which medical evidence indicated was one of the side-effects of a Ketamine overdose.

He initially claimed to have suffered a heart attack as a result of the overdose, but this claim wasn't pursued at trial.

Cole found that Weafer had experienced poor health before the Ketamine incident.

The judge rejected claims that chest pains Weafer says he suffered were from CPR being performed on him and that the pain "insofar as it exists" was not caused by the incident.

Witnesses said Weafer was talking like a child when they visited him in hospital and he said he has experienced speech problems since the overdose. However, Cole dismissed that claim and said if Weafer has any speech problems, "they do not appear to impair his life."

Weafer told the court that before the overdose, he remembered being hooked up to medication and falling asleep.

"He said his life changed," Cole wrote in his reasons for judgment.

"He said: 'I was sucked down into black tunnels where I've never been before. People pulling me around by my feet, all black, was hot, scary, saw life flash in front of me. I saw my mother, felt being born and placed in my mother's arms, life review of all the good and bad... then I shot up through the sky surrounded like a shower of white light, went straight through the clouds and saw this figure to the right and he had a white cap on, look at his face and he wouldn't let me see his face. It was a bright white light. He was an office-tower high, larger than any building I'd ever seen.'"

Weafer then described seeing a gathering of people waiting for him on the other side of a trellis -- further journeys down into blackness and back into light --until he woke up and found doctors asking him questions.

He told them, "I just saw God and was fighting for my life."

In dismissing Weafer's claims of brain damage, Cole nevertheless said the man "suffered a great degree of stress and anxiety due to the Ketamine incident. The near-death experience was terrifying."

He awarded Weafer $55,000 in damages, $5,000 for the expenses of his parents looking after him and $3,000 in special damages.

Posted By jamesk at 2009-09-12 17:30:59 permalink | comments
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Bumpy the Clown. : 2010-07-30 20:54:04
Do you know how much K he's going to buy with $63,000?!
CrazyWindEmptyLand. : 2010-01-15 16:36:25
I fell into a K hole when I was 5. It's taken me 43 years to remember and I don't want to.
guest : 2009-12-13 15:50:33
A huge mistake was made, and he is well within his grounds to sue for malpractice.
that said, I have been an enjoyer of K for a few years, however I didn't find the use of the word "overdose" to be negative.
He was supposd to recieve the bag over 24 hours and through error he recieved it all at once. They are using "overdose" because that is what happened.
Obviously the way people precieve the word "overdose" is subjective, but there is no other word to describe what took place.
tardnarc. : 2009-09-20 18:05:17
this story is more than two years old
bootilda. : 2009-09-14 17:05:01
Been down many a K-Hole before...did witness my birth, watch the world form and all of those other incredible visions that we all seem to have...

And he's sued and won for a trip that others try to achieve!
Now where in Canada and what hospital did this happen it?
Road trip!

polyethelyne. : 2009-09-14 16:58:29
in canada, drugs pay for you!
guest : 2009-09-14 15:56:59
I think the guy has it all wrong.

First, those "terrible hallucinations" aren't from an "overdose." They are emergent phenomena, and are commonly experienced by recreational users who take much less than an anesthetic dose.

Secondly, they guy should be thankful they used ketamine. I don't think I can think of another anesthetic with which, when given that much too much, he would have lived to tell the tale. There's a reason ketamine is considered once of the safest anesthesias.

smt. : 2009-09-14 12:49:28
Yea, I've taken 500mg (pharm grade) oral before, and it was every bit as intense as what he described with the exception of the heart pain. Maybe age accounts for that. I wonder weather he enjoyed it, and is exploiting the situation; or if he is genuinely opposed and ignorant to what he experienced. None the less, that is an incredible dose for someone who doesn't know what they are in for. With his recent surgery he was probably not mentally or physically comfortable when he entered the hole either.
Jim. : 2009-09-13 13:55:57
Though I have sought such an experience for a while, I don't think I'd be too happy with having it sprung on me either...maybe I wouldn't sue, but I don't think I'd have kind words for the staff.
alison wonderland. : 2009-09-13 13:09:20
wow and he's suing? he should be paying them for that trip!
Adam. : 2009-09-13 10:36:38
I'm not going to do it, but someone should try to note how many times the author(s) use the word "overdose." It's a pathetic angle they hope to achieve by repeatedly hammering the reader with the idea that this was something very bad that happened to him.
Crawford Tillinghast. : 2009-09-13 03:20:49
"One day I played Black Sabbath at 78 speed, man."

"Black Sa - and THEN what happened??"

"I saw God, man."

-- Cheech and Chong, Big Bambú

teleomorph : 2009-09-13 03:06:54
Listen up Shamen! You are LIABLE for making someone meet God in a vision! Only in America. Or wait.. was that Canada?
polyethelyne. : 2009-09-13 02:05:53
first thing i've ever read that made me want to try ketamine
Lift. : 2009-09-13 01:43:59
That's amazing. I would think that this little experiment bears repeating.
shaggy!. : 2009-09-12 19:59:12
I wish i could get paid for tripping balls....
donut. : 2009-09-12 18:24:32
Gee, some folks are just ingrates, huh? ;)
primordialstu. : 2009-09-12 17:46:19
...and he's been oddly free of the depression and suicidal thoughts that might otherwise accompany a survivor of trauma...

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