10-year-old girl dies after trying disturbing “Blackout Challenge”

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A 10-year-old girl from Pennsylvania has died after trying to take on a dangerous challenge she saw on social media.

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Nyla Anderson was alone in her room when she attempted the “Blackout Challenge”, in which participants choked or held their breath to the point of passing out.

Nyla’s family rushed her to a local children’s hospital, but she did not survive.

“I’m so hurt,” Nyla’s mother Tawainna Anderson told WPVI. “It’s a pain that won’t go away. It’s at the top of my throat. I am so hurt.

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“It’s a challenge to see how long you can be short of breath or hold your breath,” said Dr. Mindy Dickerman, deputy division chief for the pediatric intensive care division at Nemours Children’s Health. “It can lead to strangulation. “

Medical authorities say the lack of oxygen can also lead to cardiac arrest, extensive organ damage, brain damage and death.

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“Make sure to check your kids’ phones,” she told the outlet. “You never know what you can find on their phones. You wouldn’t think 10 year olds would try this. They try because they are kids and they don’t know any better.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to help pay for Nyla’s funeral.

“She was a butterfly,” Anderson said of her daughter. “She was everything. She was a happy child.

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