Columbus, OH – A 15-year-old boy in Ohio had to be admitted to the hospital after spending four days in his room playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on his Xbox.
Tyler Rigsby spent the majority of the weekend in his room playing the game, only coming out sporadically to get a snack, use the bathroom or take a quick shower. He did not stop his gaming marathon until Teusday when he accompanied his mother to his aunt’s house. That’s where Tyler collapsed several times before being taken to the hospital.
“It’s like he was looking at me but he wasn’t there. It was like he was looking through me,” says Jennifer Thompson, Tyler’s aunt. “We were talking and I heard a thump and I looked over and he just fell.”
They called 911 when they noticed he was very pale and his lips had turned an interesting shade of blue. Paramedics rushed Tyler to the hospital where they discovered he was suffering from severe dehydration and was hooked up to an IV and pumped with the fluids he was lacking, .
“When you’re dehydrated, the amount of fluid in your entire body is decreased and that includes the fluid that’s in your blood vessels,” says Dr. Mike Patrick, an emergency physician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “So you have decreased blood volume. That leads to decreased blood pressure. When your blood pressure gets to a certain point, you’re unable to get enough blood up to the brain. If you’re not getting enough oxygen to the brain, that can cause you to pass out and it could cause you to die.”
Doctors recommend getting plenty of food, fluids and rest while gaming for prolonged periods, and to take breaks for physical activity. Another way teens can avoid dying of dehydration while playing video games is to have at least one parent who doesn’t allow a teen to sit in his room for four days doing nothing but playing video games. Tyler’s mother says she has learned her lesson.
“The Xbox is gone,” she says.
I still remember when I was hospitalized for severe dehydration. It was four days after I discovered masturbation. When my parents found me, they thought a small mummy had crawled its way out of a very large tub of yogurt and into my bed.Tags: Call of Duty, Crime, dehydration, Ohio, Tyler Rigsby, Weird News