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2 students nearly died during college experiment after consuming large dose of caffeine equivalent to 300 cups of coffee

By Mason White 5:30 PM January 29, 2017
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By: Tanya Clark

Two students were rushed to a hospital in critical condition after consuming a large dose of caffeine during a college experiment, according to court documents in the United Kingdom.

Alex Rossetto and Luke Parkin were taking part in an experiment at the Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The goal of the experiment was to measure the effect of three cups of coffee on exercise. Each cup of coffee contains around 0.1 grams of caffeine.

The students were supposed to consume 0.3 grams of caffeine, which is the equivalent of 3 cups of coffee. However, an error occurred and the students consumes 30 grams of caffeine, which is the equivalent of 300 cups of coffee.

The students collapsed and were rushed to the hospital, where they were placed on dialysis. Luckily, the students survived.

Doctors credited their survival on a super active and healthy lifestyle. The Northumbria University has been slapped with a 400,000 pound ($500,000) fine for negligence.