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

Ben Davidson
July 31, 2018

An Indiana family is raising the red flag about what some have dubbed the "Hot Water Challenge".

A teen in Indianapolis, Indiana, says he suffered second-degree burns to his face and body after friends poured boiling water on him as part of the "Hot Water Challenge" that's gone viral on YouTube and elsewhere. Kyland Clark said his friends meant to play a simple prank on him, inspired by the "Hot Water Challenge". While he was sleeping, his friend poured water on him as a joke. "My skin just fell off my chest, and then I looked in the mirror and I had skin falling off here and on my face".

Kyland ultimately suffered second-degree burns on his back, chest and face. Doctors with IU Health said they're starting to see more of these so-called internet challenges land people in the emergency room. Kyland has been in the hospital for a week receiving treatment for his injuries.

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. The young man said that after he and his friend watched the "Hot Water Challenge" on YouTube, he later went to sleep.

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"To see my baby, all burnt up like that, it was heart-breaking", she said. In the case of the hot water challenge, Dr. Ed Bartkus says it's possible to end up with permanent disfigurement due to burns or, if someone swallows the hot water, burns to the airway that could cause them to close, resulting in death.

Kyland Clark, 15, says he'll be back out shooting hoops soon, but for now, he is still wearing the scars of a risky internet challenge.

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Clark said he was startled awake, and that his injuries were immediately apparent. However, doctors reportedly told Kyland that his skin will take several months to heal.

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