Use of drugs has affected many in the worst ways possible. And one of those many who have suffered due to the use of drugs is ex-marine Carl Ayres. Carl had taken cocaine on New Year's Eve last year. Five days later, he collapsed during a run - due to a stroke. He nearly escaped death, but his life has become hell.
Carl had taken cocaine one New Year's Eve last year. Five days later, he suffered a stroke. His mother has released a picture of him in the hospital as a warning to everyone out there who even considers the use of drugs!
Ayres, a fit ex-marine, was sent into a coma for four days as a result of his use of cocaine.
He survived the stroke, but is left paralyzed and unable to talk. Currently, he is in rehab.
His mother, Julie, fears her son will never recover fully. She says she feels broken over what has happened.
"He was so active and full of life. He ran his own business. Now I wipe his bum," said Mrs Ayres.
Mrs Ayres says her son is determined to walk and talk again. But she fears it might not be enough.
"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," Mrs Ayres said. "People think it won't happen to them. Carl is proof it can."
Cocaine can cause heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. It's never a good idea to for drug use, even for occasional pleasure. SHARE this story with your friends and family and spread the message to stay away from drugs.