'Hot Water Challenge' reportedly leaves teen with second-degree burns


An Indianapolis family is warning the public about the so-called "Hot Water Challenge" after the prank resulted in a 15-year-old being seriously burned.

The Hot Water Challenge, which has been around for years, claimed a new victim in a 15-year-old teenager from Indiana.

"I looked down at my chest", he said.

Kyland Clark, of Indianapolis, says he and his friends were watching YouTube videos at one of their houses last week when they came across a trend: fellow teens scalding themselves with water.

"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", Clark said.

Kyland and his mother are now issuing a warning about how risky the challenge is.

In August 2017, an 8-year-old girl died after she allegedly drank boiling water through a straw on a dare, CBS News reported.

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It was one of his mother Andrea Clark's worst nightmares. Last summer, an 11-year-old girl in NY suffered burns to her face and chest after her friends had poured hot water on her.

Before the incident, Kyland and the pal looked up the social media craze on YouTube and chose to try the challenge, which involves pouring boiling hot water in tenuous circumstances.

According to doctors, they are seeing more patients being taken to emergency rooms due to viral internet challenges. "I can guarantee it", said Dr. Ed Bartkus, EMS director at Methodist Hospital. Don't take it overboard, ' Kyland told WLTW. "If your friends are telling you to do this, they are not good friends".

Doctors said they are hopeful that Clark's injuries won't be permanent.

Kyland's mom Andrea still can't shake the sight of her son's injuries. His skin pigment is expected to return to normal in a few months.

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