WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kyland Clark, 15, of Indianapolis Indiana, was the latest victim of the viral prank ‘Hot Water Challenge.’
- The stupid challenge involves drinking boiling water through a straw or pouring boiling water on yourself or someone else.
- Clark suffered second-degree burns after his friend poured boiling water on him as a joke.
Fifteen-year-old Kyland Clark was hospitalized for a week after suffering second-degree burns to his face and body. Clark’s friends allegedly poured boiling water on him while he was sleeping in a bid to replicate the dangerous “Hot Water Challenge,” Fox 59 reported.
The Indianapolis teen said that he and his friends watched “Hot Water Challenge” videos on YouTube last week. One of his friends apparently did the challenge as a joke while Clark was sleeping. He was awakened by a burning and painful sensation on his skin.
“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,” Clark told Fox 59.
He was taken to the hospital and stayed there for a week. His doctors are hoping that the pigment will return in his face within a few months. They also warn about the dangers of “Hot Water Challenge.”
“If your friends are telling you to do this, they aren’t good friends,” Dr. Ed Bartkus of Indiana University Health said. “It could cause permanent disfigurement or damage the airway.”
The “Hot Water Challenge” began sometime in 2013 or 2014. It is not clear how many have already been foolish enough to attempt this, but aside from Clark, there have been similar incidents reported last year.
An 11-year-old girl was at a sleepover in New York last summer, when one of her friends threw boiling water on her. She suffered burns on her face and chest. The 12-year-old friend who was accused of throwing the water was charged with felony assault.
As a result of a dare by a cousin, 8-year-old Ki’ari Pope from Florida, died months after she drank boiling water through a straw. She and her cousin allegedly watched videos of people doing the challenge. She suffered fatal injuries to her mouth and throat.
When asked to comment about the prank played on him, Clark told Fox 59, “There’s a limit to what you should do and what you shouldn’t in a challenge. Don’t take it overboard.”
Source: Fox News