Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
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Teen severely burned in viral ‘hot water challenge’

Teen severely burned in viral ‘hot water challenge’

A new viral internet challenge has already killed one child, and left another severely injured.

The Hot Water Challenge, which has been around for years, claimed a new victim in a 15-year-old teenager from Indiana.

"And then, I looked down at my chest, and my skin just fell off my chest". The Hot Water Challenge claimed one life previous year when a child drank boiling water, and in a YouTube video by MedXclusive Learning, physicians claim they are seeing more injured patients in the ER because of risky social media challenges. "My skin just fell off my chest, and then I looked in the mirror and I had skin falling off here and, on my face", Kyland told WXIN.

This hashtag means we should think about what is happening to the coral reefs like the rising water temperature So!We suggest a hot Water bucket challenge. Last year, 8-year-old Ki'ari Pope died after drinking boiling water for the challenge, her throat just too badly burned.

It was one of his mother Andrea Clark's worst nightmares. He ended up in the hospital with second-degree burns on his face, back and chest.

The challenge entails either a person sipping boiling hot water through a straw or getting the boiling water poured directly on them. "To see my baby, all burnt up like's heart-breaking", Andrea Clark said.

Doctors with IU Health say they're starting to see more of these so-called internet challenges land people in the emergency room. "I can guarantee it", said Dr. Ed Bartkus, EMS director at Methodist Hospital. "If your friends are telling you to do this, they are not good friends".

"There's a limit to what you should do in a challenge and what you shouldn't", Clark told Fox 59.

He was hospitalized for a week, and while doctors are hopeful that the pigment will return in his face in a few months, they warn that the challenge can cause permanent injuries or even death.

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