Teenage girl's head 'doubles in size' after drinking an exotic holiday cocktail in Crete

A teenager has vowed never to touch alcohol again after an exotic holiday cocktail containing a 'secret ingredient' caused her head to swell to abnormal proportions.

Corinne Coyle, 19, was rushed to hospital in Crete's popular party resort of Malia after just a few sips.

The cocktail, bought in a Greek bar for 10 euros (£7.80), and served in a bowl, is said to contain a mixture of Baileys, chilli powder, tequila, absinthe, ouzo, vodka, cider and gin, plus a 'secret ingredient'.

Today Corinne was safely back home after her ordeal but her facial features have still not returned to normal.

As she tried to sleep off the devastating side-effects in a darkened room, her mum Fiona Roth, 43, of Astonbury Green, Easterside, explained how one drink turned her daughter's dream holiday into a nightmare.

She said: 'She drank about a third of it then her friend said 'have you seen your head?' Then Corinne said 'I know, I have brain-freeze'.

'When they went to the toilet her forehead had doubled in size. She panicked and they got into a taxi and went to hospital."

Corinne, who went on holiday last week with her friend Nicola Galbraith, 21, a nursery nurse, also of Middlesbrough, was put on a drip and tablets and spent two days in hospital following the Friday scare.

Doctors said the swelling was caused by a chemical reaction and they had seen a similar incident within the last couple of weeks.

Fiona, a home care assistant, said: 'She couldn't see out of her right eye because of the swelling. It was the first bar they had been to that night. Within 20 minutes of drinking it that was the reaction she got.'

Corinne, an administrator in media and arts at the University of Teesside and a former pupil at Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough, was flown home in the early hours of Tuesday morning and has spent the last two days being examined at the James Cook University Hospital and by her GP.

Doctors are still waiting for the results.

Corinne tried to get home earlier but she was not allowed to fly due to the swelling. However, she sent pictures on her phone to her mum.

Fiona said: 'I couldn't even recognise my own daughter. I just hope to God it goes back to normal because she's a really pretty girl. I just hope there's no lasting damage.

'I tried to get a flight out but I couldn't get one in time. I felt useless. I just wanted to be with her.

'The swelling went down a bit but then the flight back made it worse again with the altitude.

'Corinne has a little beauty spot on the corner of her right eye and it's dropped down her face by about an inch.'

The teenager, who lives with her mum, sister Ashleigh Coyle, 14, and Fiona's husband Stephen Roth, 42, has vowed never to drink again.

Her mother said she was relieved to have daughter back at home.