CYPRESS, Texas â Hospital staff removed Emily Bauerâs breathing tube and stopped all medication and nourishment at 1:15 p.m. December 16. Only morphine flowed into her body, as the family waited by her side in her final moments.
But the next morning, she was still alive.
âGood morning, I love you,â her mother told Emily as she approached the bed.
A hoarse voice whispered back, âI love you too.â
Emily was back.
Her family said the drug that landed the Cypress, Texas, teenager, then 16, in the ICU two weeks earlier wasnât bought from a dealer or offered to her at a party. It was a form of synthetic weed packaged as âpotpourriâ that she and friends bought at a gas station.
At first, her stepfather, Tommy Bryant, said he was âfixing to whip somebodyâs a**,â as he thought someone older than 18 bought it for her.
Bryant already knew she used real marijuana occasionally. âItâs not that I condoned it,â he said, adding that he couldnât follow her around all day. Bryant enforces a strict no-smoking rule in the house, and said that if he ever caught Emily smoking, sheâd be grounded.
âHad I thought that there was any chance that she could have been hurt by this stuff, I would have been a lot more vigilant. I had no idea it was so bad,â Bryant said.
âIâd never have thought weâd be in this situation. If she had bought it off the street or from a corner, thatâs one thing, but she bought it from convenience store.â
Best known by the street names âSpiceâ or âK2,â fake weed is an herbal mixture sprayed with chemicals thatâs meant to create a high similar to smoking marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Advertised as a âlegalâ alternative to weed, itâs often sold as incense or potpourri and in most states, itâs anything but legal.