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Teen Nearly Dies During #DuctTapeChallenge

A Washington teen is making national headlines after he nearly died hopping on the #DuctTapeChallenge trend. Skylar Fish was severely injured January 16 after he allowed his friends to duct tape him and attempted to break free.

NBC Philadelphia reports:

A dangerous new game becoming popular among teens sent a 14-year-old Washington resident to the hospital with 48 stitches, a shattered eye socket and a brain aneurysm.

Skylar Fish was severely injured playing the “Duct Tape Challenge,” a trend circulating on social media in which the participant is taped up and is recorded on video trying to break free. Whoever removes the tape the fastest “wins” the challenge.

Skylar took the challenge Jan. 16 with two of his friends.

According to his mother, Sarah Fish, Skylar volunteered to be duct taped first, and was standing while taped up when he lost his balance.

The fall caused Skylar to hit his head, and his friends immediately called 911.

Skylar suffered extensive facial injuries. After a three-hour surgery, Skylar was left with metal plates and screws, and was on a temporary ventilator after the operation. His left eye socket shattered, and his facial injuries required 48 stitches and caused a substantial scar.

Doctors are still unsure if Skylar will be able to see out of his left eye, but Fish said her son’s pupil reacted slightly to the light, a positive sign.

Fish, who hadn’t heard of the “Duct Tape Challenge” prior to her son’s injuries, wants to use Skylar’s story as an opportunity to shed light on the dangers of these seemingly harmless viral games.

The duct tape challenge is a social media trend that’s been going on for well over a year.

Have you heard of the duct tape challenge; what do YOU think about it???

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