A 12-year-old girl recovers from the severe burns she received in nearly half of her body while trying to cope with a viral and dangerous challenge on the internet.
Just a few minutes on a mid-afternoon nap on Friday, Brandi Owens was awakened by a pro-pop popping throughout her home. Moments later, Owen saw his daughter, Timiyah Landers, who was halfway down the road, overwhelmed by a shot that covered almost his entire body.
"It ran under the corridor over my bedroom with a fire from her knees to her hair," says Owens, a mother of five from Detroit. "I just cried," My baby! "It was so terrible."
Owens and her fiancé then used towels to turn off the flames, put the young girl in the bathtub and spray it with cold water.
"I burned my hands in the process," says Owens, 35. "She was so traumatic to see her in the fire."
The family rushed Timiyah to Beaumont Health and moved to the nearby children's hospital by the end of the night. She will stay there for the next few months to recover from the extensive second and third degree burns that cover 49% of her body.
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"Her vital stuff is good, but she is still in a snorkel and feed tube, and they try to slowly remove her from the snorkel," says Owens. "It will be a long recovery, she had surgery and she received temporary artificial skin in her burns, but she would need three or four more surgeries and cutaneous cuts."
It was not until Owens questioned the two friends who were with Timiyah during the incident that he learned the terrible truth about what happened. Girls were dealing with a viral online trend that sees people squandering alcohol and then putting themselves on fire, known as "fire-induced". Videos of the dare have been viruses over Facebook and YouTube.
"After a while, her friends told me what happened," says Owens. "I was angry, very angry, I could not believe she would do that, she knows better – I do not know what she is thinking about doing these crazy things."
Stories about injured young people due to Russian Internet challenges are not at all incomplete.
In 2017, a couple from Texas linked the suicide of their 15-year-old son to the Blue Whale Challenge, a game where participants are asked to meet a series of increasingly dangerous views over the course of 50 days. Earlier this year, an internet trend called "Tide Pod Challenge" went viral after the participants were filmed biting the laundry detergent capsules. It is attributed to at least 10 deaths.
Last month, 18-year-old Anna Worden was hospitalized trying to make the popular "Kiki Challenge" once innocent dance trend that soon became dangerous when thousands of people started recording themselves dancing out of the moving cars to dance in a song Drake.
After prolonged stay in the hospital, Timiyah is expected to make a full recovery. GoFundMe has been created to help cover family medical expenses, which raised more than $ 2,400 from 50 donors in less than a week.
Because she remains in a snorker, Timiyah can not tell her mother what influenced her decision to participate in the challenge. But Owens does not expect to sensitize other parents about the dangerous courage.
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"Watch your children, watch what they are doing. If you can get parental control over their phones, I would recommend it," he says. "In this way they can watch what their children see and talk about peer pressure, I do it now with my other daughters, I do it now, it was a lesson."
He adds, "I hate with these memories. It's something I never want to relive."