Internet "Hot Water Challenge" severely injures IN teen


MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) - An Indianapolis teen suffered serious burns after his friends poured boiling hot water on him as part of fad called the "Hot Water Challenge".

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

Fifteen-year-old Kyland Clark said he and his friend were looking up the hot water challenge on YouTube. The friend poured boiling water on Kyland while he was asleep. The challenge, known as the "Hot Water Challenge", left him so severely burned that he said his skin "just fell off" his chest and face.

Kyland Clark, 15, said his skin "fell off" his chest and face, the news station reported.

As a result of the prank, Kyland suffered second-degree burns on his back, chest and face.

Local doctors told WXIN they are starting to see more and more of these internet challenges sending people to the hospital.

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"There's a limit to what you should do in a challenge and what you shouldn't do". The "challenge" involves drinking boiling water through a straw or pouring it on a friend.

"It's suggesting to people that they can try it and they won't be hurt, but they will be".

According to Barktus, teens who do the Hot Water challenge may end up with permanent disfigurement, due to the burns on their bodies, or even death, if the boiling water burns to their airways.

Clark was treated for his injuries in the hospital for a week. "When I came to my senses, the water got hot and I just got up and ripped my shirt off", Kyland said.

Kyland and his mother are now issuing a warning about how unsafe the challenge is. Doctors say his skin should heal, but it will take several months.

The "Hot Water Challenge" made national headlines in 2017, and it had been making its rounds on social media for about three years before that.