The pictures Melissa Aho posted of her daughter Ryleigh Payton on Facebook are graphic. They show a bruised 15-year-old Payton laying in a hospital bed hooked up to a ventilator. Aho posted the photos to warn parents and teens about the dangers of underage drinking.
Aho found out that Payton had been drinking when she got a Facebook message from a stranger at 1 a.m. according to Fox News. The message said that Payton, who was supposed to be at a sleepover, was passed out. Aho tried calling Payton’s phone, but she didn’t answer. As Aho tried to figure out what to do, those who had messaged about Payton drove her home. When Aho saw Ryleigh in the backseat of the car, Payton was unresponsive and covered in vomit. Payton’s acquaintances told Aho that she had been drinking vodka.
When local first responders arrived, Payton was given a substance to reverse the effects of opiods as well. Payton was still unresponsive, so she was transported to the hospital. Payton wasn’t breathing on her own, so doctors put her on a ventilator. Aho said during the 14 hours that Payton was unresponsive, she pleaded and begged for Payton’s life. Today, Payton is breathing on her own, but she is still recovering from the injuries she sustained from her night of hard drinking.