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'Hot Water Challenge' Leaves Indiana Teen With Second-Degree Burns

31 July 2018, 08:38 | Silvia Roy

'Hot Water Challenge' Leaves Indiana Teen With Second-Degree Burns

'Hot Water Challenge' Leaves Indiana Teen With Second-Degree Burns

In Florida, a variation of the challenge tragically killed an 8-year-old girl last summer after she attempted to drink boiling hot water through a straw.

Kyland Clark, from Indianapolis, said he was left with second-degree burns when a friend pulled a prank on him last week as part of the "Hot Water Challenge", news station WXIN reported.

The 15-year-old Indianapolis, Ind., native told Fox 59 News this week that the pair had been looking up the "Hot Water Challenge" on YouTube last week when his friend chose to try the internet prank on Clark after he fell asleep. When he fell asleep, he said his friend heated up some water and poured it on him.

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"I looked down at my chest", he said. "And then I went and looked in the mirror and I had skin falling off right here and on my face". He was confined in the hospital for a week as he received treatment.

The risky viral prank, which has sent a handful of children across the country to the hospital - including one death -over the previous year usually consists of either drinking boiling water through a straw or pouring it on someone while they are sleeping, like what happened to Clark.

Kyland and his mother are now issuing a warning about how risky the challenge is. "To see my baby, all burnt up like's heart-breaking", Andrea Clark said. "I can guarantee it", Dr. Ed Bartkus, the EMS director at Methodist Hospital in Indiana.

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- YUTAONO (@OYsekaowa1D) July 28, 2018Kyland Clark Indiana teen hot water challenge gone wrong: extent of injuries.

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.

"When I took my shirt off my skin just melted off of me", Kyland Clark, 15, recalled. His doctors are hopeful that pigment will return in Clark's face within a few months.

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