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Teen suffers frightful injuries because of the ‘hot water challenge’

Teen suffers frightful injuries because of the ‘hot water challenge’

Captivating the imaginations of teens is a new social media challenge known as the hot water challenge which has left one 15 year old IN boy seriously burned.

A risky new social media challenge left a 15-year-old boy in the United States seriously burned, according to reports. The incident occurred after Clark and his friends had watched videos of the challenge on YouTube. "Then, I went and looked in a mirror, and I had skin falling off...my face", he said. The stupid viral challenges are very unsafe, and the Hot Water Challenge follows the same vein.

An 8-year-old girl in Florida died in 2017 after drinking boiling water in an alleged attempt at the challenge.

The social media challenge left the teen with second-degree burns to the face, and on his chest and back.

FOX59 says the challenge involves someone either drinking boiling water through a straw, or having the water poured on them.

The teen was admitted to a local hospital, where he remained under treatment for a week.

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"To see my baby, all burned up like that, it was heartbreaking", his mum Andrea Clark told WXIN. Doctors say they're starting to see more of these so-called internet challenges land people in the emergency room. "And, it's suggesting to people that they can try it and they won't be hurt, but they will be. I can guarantee it", Dr. Ed Bartkus, the EMS director at Methodist Hospital in Indiana.

"If your friends are telling you to do this, they aren't good friends", Bartkus said.

Clark said he was startled awake, and that his injuries were immediately apparent. "Don't take it overboard", Kyland said.

Andrea Clark, Kyland's mother, was pretty torn up by the extent of her son's injuries.

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.