Ohio Teen Collapses After 4-Day Xbox Marathon
Summer break means video game time for many kids, but for one, it proved to be too much. Tyler Rigsby, a 15-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was admitted to the hospital after a 4-day Xbox binge left him dehydrated.
Jessie Rawlins, Rigsby's mother, said he only left his room to grab a snack, use to bathroom or take a quick shower. One morning, Rawlins' decided to bring the boy to his aunt's house.
"It's like he was looking at me but he wasn't there. It was like he was looking through me," Jennifer Thompson, Tyler's aunt, told WCMH, Columbus' NBC Affiliate. "We were talking and I heard a thump and I looked over and he just fell."
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Rigsby's family called paramedics, who noted that his lips were blue and his skin was very pale. He was brought to the hospital where he was diagnosed with severe dehydration and given an IV to replenish his fluids.
"I was very scared. I thought he was going to die," Rawlins told WCMH. "He just fell over three times."
Dr. Mike Patrick, an emergency physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital, said dehydration is can be deadly. After running for days, your body will just shut down, which is what happened to Tyler.
"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," he said, according to the Daily Mail. "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 said Tyler will be fine, but his mother isn't taking any more chances.
"The Xbox is gone," she said.
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