A WOMAN has thanked an RAF medic who she believes saved her life after her drink was spiked on a night out in York.

Melissa Wilkinson, 30, of Acomb, said off-duty medic Paul McMahon spotted her plight after a friend managed to get her to a taxi rank for a lift home.

“I could barely stand up,” she said. “I was shaking as if I was very cold, even though I was warm to the touch, my sight had gone blurred and I started hallucinating but my speech wasn’t slurred and I was definitely not drunk.”

She and her friend believe her whisky and coke was spiked by two men who approached and distracted them in Popworld in George Hudson Street.

“I did not leave my drink unattended, so I think it must have been by sleight of hand,” she said.

She started to feel ill and her friend got her to a taxi rank, but was becoming increasingly concerned. Paul saw what was happening and offered to accompany them in the taxi home.

“I want to thank him for saving my life,” she said.

“He prevented me choking on my own vomit and he helped calm me down.”

At her friend’s house, her friend’s husband took over looking after her and Paul returned to town.

She was ill for about four days after the spiking.

She contacted police but they said it was too late to carry out tests. She said she wanted to alert other women to the dangers.

Paul, a senior aircraftsman at RAF Linton on Ouse, said he had simply done his best to keep Melissa calm.

A Popworld spokesperson said: “We operate a zero tolerance policy on drugs within our premises and fully support the police in any inquiries regarding an alleged incident of spiking. Our trained team work to ensure Popworld is a safe environment for customers.”