The duct tape challenge has left a distraught mother and a teen who may lose sight in one eye in its wake. Both mother and son are talking to the public about the hidden dangers of the duct tape challenge today as 14-year-old Skylar Fish is in the hospital recuperating from his injuries. Skylar suffered a shattered eye socket and a brain aneurysm during an accident he had while embarking on this popular kids’ challenge while bound in duct tape.
The duct tape challenge might appear as somewhat harmless, as it entails taping someone up and then timing them as they get themselves out of the web of tape. It’s a teen craze that Skyler Fish has tried before without running into any problems. He came out of the previous challenge attempt unscathed, reports News Oxy on January 26.
This time was different. When his friends taped Skylar in a standing position, his struggle to undo the tape caused him to topple over. On his way down he smashed his head on a metal window sill then a concrete floor. He smashed his eye socket on the window frame and he hit his head on the concrete, causing the brain aneurysm.
He is lucky to be alive today, said his mother, Sarah Fish, from her son’s bedside in a Washington hospital. Once Skylar fell he went into a seizure and if his friend hadn’t turned him over at the time, he may have chocked to death on his own blood.
MSN News reports that Sarah Fish said, “When he fell, he hit the corner of the window frame. It crushed his whole eye socket and pinched off nerves in his eye.” They don’t know if Skylar will ever get his vision back in that eye.
Authorities investigated the case, but it was deemed an accident, so Skylar’s friends won’t be charged. It was a very foolish accident caused by a kids’ prank that went very, very wrong.
Skylar has been in Harborview Memorial Hospital since his duct tape challenge almost killed him and today, although he is very aware he may permanently lose the sight in one eye, he is very thankful to be alive.
His mom said, “It was really scary, just seeing my son like this.” Skylar’s mother wants to warn others about the duct tape challenge. “I want people to stop and think that there are so many risks to any of these challenges,” she said. “They’re dangerous.”
Skylar remembers hanging with his friends that Saturday when his duct tape challenge went very wrong, but he doesn’t remember much of what happened. All he has to do is look in the mirror to see that this challenge really did a number on him, one that may leave residual effects for the rest of his life.