A British father-of-two who was allegedly beaten up by bouncers and knelt on by Spanish police died after being injected twice with an extremely strong painkiller by medics acting under police orders, according to his family. Tobias White-Sansom, 35, fell into a coma and died on July 31 last year, five days after the incident on the Magaluf strip, Majorca.
The family, who managed to bring Tobias’s body back to his hometown Nottingham last October, recently discovered that Tobias was injected with fentanyl — a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin — shortly before going into cardiac arrest.
According to a medical report obtained by the Mirror, Tobias received two intravenous doses of the drug, the first while he was lying on the ground outside the nightclub and the second inside an ambulance.
While the precise amount administered to Tobias remains unknown, even minuscule quantities can have severe clinical consequences or prove fatal.
Tobias’ cousin, Ricardo White, questioned the use of fentanyl and told The Mirror: “Obviously with it being such a dangerous drug, when you inject it, a slightly wrong amount can cause cardiac arrest, and that’s what happened – he went into cardiac arrest.”
Ricardo White added: “They then resuscitated him, which took them 25 minutes, put him in the ambulance, and they administered a second dose of fentanyl, and then he slipped into a coma.”
Tobias was allegedly handcuffed and semi-conscious as he was pulled out of a club and sat on by the authorities. His head was said to be “rolling back” after he had been battered by bouncers and was unable to defend himself.
His brother Maximillian White claims he was shouting about not being able to breathe before the authorities decided to inject him.
He claimed: “It was after that injection which sent him into cardiac arrest. Then when the ambulance came and he was okay, they gave him another injection and that took him into cardiac arrest again. Are the police allowed to do that?”
Maximillian continued: “If the police were trying to say that Toby was being aggressive, then why would you inject him with fentanyl?
“And if he was passed out, then why would you inject him with fentanyl, not adrenaline or something?
“However you want to look at it, it doesn’t seem right what they did. They can say that Toby died days later at the hospital, but Toby died outside that nightclub on those streets by himself, after he was injected the first time.
“Because after that – they managed to resuscitate him after 25 minutes – he was dead. All they did was bring his pulse back, and then they put that pulse in an ambulance, injected him again, and he went again.
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“He never really had a chance, and it’s terribly sad because I’m going through this stage where I can’t remember what it was like to have him around.
“His children are getting older and I’m trying to do my best by them that I can, while also dealing with some heartache of my own.”
Witnesses stated that bouncers had assaulted Tobias, causing blood to pour from his face.
They allege that the situation escalated when police arrived, with officers striking Tobias and others in the crowd.
The Spanish civil guard said in a statement that they were called to reports of an assault on a bouncer. It claims the man was “violent” and that police “reduced him” so he could be assisted by medical services.
It adds: “He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“There, once while he was being assisted, he was arrested for a crime of injury.”
Witnesses even claimed that eight police officers knelt on Tobias before he was eventually transported to the hospital.
Data from Cádiz University’s Pain Observatory, as reported by El Pais, reveals that over 7,000 people in Spain died from opioid overdoses between 2010 and 2017. The number of overdoses increased during that period, with more than a thousand recorded in the final two years.
Spain has also witnessed a surge in the prescription of rapid-release fentanyl, which doubled between 2010 and 2016.
As a result, the Spanish health ministry revised its prescription guidelines and found that a significant portion of treatments did not adhere to the authorised conditions of use for these drugs.
An inquest into Tobias’ death was deemed necessary by Acting Senior Coroner Andrew Barkley of Staffordshire South Coroner’s Service.
But the family has encountered delays in moving forward with the process.
Tobias’ family and Labour MP Nadia Whittome have been urging authorities to expedite the proceedings.
Whittome said: “It has been over nine months since Tobias’ death in harrowing circumstances, yet his family are still waiting for answers, let alone for those responsible to be held to account.”
Tobias’ family and Labour MP Nadia Whittome have been urging authorities to expedite proceedings.
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