Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014 on 3:52 pm

Jane Khalaf: Petition calls German authorities to investigate hospital

Jane Khalaf

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A petition calling for the investigation into the death of a British student who is believed to have had her drink spiked whilst out at a festival has gained over 3,000 signatures.

Jane Khalaf, 19, from Huddersfield, was on a placement from Newcastle’s Northumbria University, where she was studying politics.

She told friends she thought someone had put something in her drink while out celebrating at the city’s carnival.

She died eight days after she was put on a life support machine on 20 November after collapsing at the St Marien Hospital in Cologne, Germany.

German police have launched an investigation into Jane’s death, but a petition calls for further action to be taken and another investigation to be launched into the treatment of Jane and her family at the hospital.

Jane’s mum Rojin said: “The way we were treated and the way her case has been dealt with in Germany was appalling. No-one rang to tell us that she had been taken ill in hospital despite the fact she had her driving licence on her as ID. We found out through Facebook.

“Then we were not treated well by the staff at St Marien Hospital when we arrived, who told us stories that shocked us. Some said she was in a waiting room when she collapsed – and it turned out that no blood tests had been taken despite her telling them she believed her drink had been spiked or that any action was taken when they found she had high blood pressure.”

Rojin also said that after her daughter died, the family was treated “appallingly” by the police who “didn’t seem interested in properly investigating what had happened”.

The Yorkshire Standard has contacted the hospital and is awaiting a reply.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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