NJ woman shocked by video of her own heroin OD, going to rehab, mom says
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The heroin user whose dramatic overdose and revival via Narcan was captured on a video that went viral this month is headed for rehab, her mother says.
In a Facebook post by Kelly Hemphill shared among Facebook groups about heroin addition, the mother says the woman — Kelly-Mae Hemphill, also known as Kelmae Demore — has entered detox and in about a week will be headed to Florida for a recovery program.
"Pray for her," Kelly Hemphill wrote. "She got to say goodbye to her daughter."
Kelly-Mae Hemphill had been obstinate in her own Facebook posts earlier this month, arguing back against the hundreds of people who took to her page to criticize her, to urge her to get help, or to tell her to put her young daughter in someone else's care.
In a message on Feb. 11, she wrote the following:
“Listen you stupid my daughter doesn't see it in person cuz I'm not like that when I'm around her yes she does not live with me so she does not see me high and you don't know what I've been through so unless you walked in my shoes what you probably couldn't even walk at 5 seconds in my shoes and then where I've been and seen what I seen I think you should just keep your f*** mouth shut and all you people say you don't use drugs every one of use use mommy's little helper you think you're good moms have you seen even got your kids either."
But Kelly Hemphill wrote Wednesday that her daughter finally saw the video herself the night before — and had a change of heart.
"She was like 'omg mom I am dead really omg i am dead.' Then she cried for hours," the mother wrote. "Today is my birthday I couldn't of gotten a better present!!!"
The dramatic 9-minute video was originally uploaded by a Youtube user identified as Idrise Maxey-Carmichael and has been reposted by several other accounts — some of which have registered hundreds of thousands of views. It depicts the younger Hemphill being given CPR by a stranger as she lies on the side of the road, a family member frantically trying to help her.
Paulsboro Police arrive and give the unconscious young woman a dose of Narcan. Within minutes, she regains color in her face and begins breathing shallowly before paramedics and EMTs arrive to transport her to a hospital.
The video was reportedly recorded in West Deptford earlier this month.
Police have said the younger Hemphill passed out while heading home from Camden in a car with her brother. He pulled her from the vehicle and attempted CPR until a bystander assisted and another reported the incident to Paulsboro police, authorities have said.
According to the NJ Medical Examiner's Office, as New Jersey’s ongoing heroin and prescription drug epidemic continues, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the Garden state. The ME's office reports in 2014 there were 1,305 drug-related deaths.