After suffering two heartbreaking miscarriages, an 18-year-old with a serious heart condition is urging other kids not to make the same mistakes she did.
Dion Parratt was just 11-years-old when she was first introduced to caffeine-packed energy drinks, like Monster and Red Bull.
Soon, she became so dependent on the caffeine that Dion found herself drinking as many as five Rock Star energy drinks a day.
Over time, drinking so much caffeine caused Dion to suffer from dangerously low blood pressure and a serious heart problem that causes her heart rate to drop suddenly.
Dion now admits that she didn’t take the problem too seriously, until she suffered two miscarriages in a row.
“When I lost my second baby, and they picked up a problem with my heart, it was then when I knew,” she said. “If I wanted a baby and a healthy life, I had to stop.”
For now, Dion must be hooked up to several wires, as well as a heart monitor, for 24 hours a day to combat the lasting effects of drinking too many energy drinks as a teen.
“This is what happens when you spend your childhood drinking energy drinks,” she wrote on Facebook. “I’m now stuck with wires and a massive box attached to me for 24 hours.”