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Teen injured in viral hot water challenge



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An Indianapolis family raises a red flag over the so-called "Hot Water Challenge" after the dangerous coup caused a 15-year-old to be badly burned.

19659003] The "challenge" is that someone either drinks boiling water over a straw or pours the water on it.

Last week, Kyland Clark says he and a friend sought the challenge on YouTube when they decided to play pranks on each other. While Kyland slept, he said a friend poured water over him as a joke.

"And then I looked at my chest, my skin just fell off my chest, and then I looked in the mirror and I had skin falling down here and on my face," Kyland said.

The coup caused Kyland to suffer second-degree burns on the back, chest, and face. He had to stay in the hospital for one week while undergoing treatment.

"To see my baby, everything so burned, it was heartbreaking," said his mother Andrea.

Doctors from IU Health say they are starting to see more of these so-called Internet challenges land people in the emergency department.

"It means to people that they can try it and they will not be hurt, but they will, I can guarantee it" Dr. Ed Bartkus said:

Bartkus says it is possible that people who accept the challenge could be permanently disfigured by burns on the body or respiratory system burns that could lead to death. An 8-year-old died in Florida after trying to take on the challenge.

"If your friends tell you that, they are not good friends," he said.

Now Kyland and his mother say they want to show how dangerous the challenge is.

"There's a limit to what you should and should not do in a challenge, do not overtake it," Kyland said.

Kyland is expected to heal from his injuries, and doctors say his pigment should return in a few months. He's going to school next week, but his mother says he should stay home and focus on healing.


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