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Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Internet "Hot Water Challenge" severely injures IN teen

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An Indianapolis, Indiana teen, 15-year-old Kyland Clark, is speaking out on the dangers of a social media challenge because he received severe burns after unwittingly participating in one.

Clark became the latest Hot Water Challenge victim, with second-degree burns on his chest, back, and face. But when he fell asleep, his friend chose to surprise him.

When 10-year-old Wesley Smith suffered second- and third-degree burns while trying to replicate a "Hot Water Challenge" video he saw on YouTube in 2016, his stepfather had a warning for parents: "Watch what your kids are doing on the internet,"Jimmy Daugherty told CBS 17".

Before the incident, Kyland and the pal looked up the social media craze on YouTube and made a decision to try the challenge, which involves pouring boiling hot water in tenuous circumstances.

Last week, Kyland Clark says he and a friend were looking up the challenge on YouTube when they chose to prank each other. Ki'ari Pope and her cousin had allegedly been watching videos of the challenge, and the scalding hot water caused fatal injuries to her throat. He was confined in the hospital for a week as he received treatment.

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"And then, I looked down at my chest, and my skin just fell off my chest".

Dr. Ed Barkus told WXIN it's possible that people who do the challenge could end up with permanent disfigurement due to burns on the body or burns to the airway that could result in death.

Kyland and his mother also want to make it known how unsafe the challenge is.

Andrea Clark, Kyland's mother, was pretty torn up by the extent of her son's injuries. 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. "Don't take it overboard", Kyland said.

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