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article imageU.S. teenager collapses after Xbox marathon

By Melissa Horrocks     Aug 9, 2012 in Health
Columbus - A 15-year-old Ohio boy, collapsed after participating in a four day Xbox gaming marathon. Tyler Rigsby played the game so much that he only came out of his room to use the toilet, have a quick shower and eat snacks from the kitchen, his mother said.
Rigsby was so engaged in the video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, that after his fourth, possibly fifth day of gaming - he's not quite sure how long - he collapsed from dehydration on Tuesday, according to The Daily Mail.
Huffington Post reports, Tyler Rigsby from Columbus was so sick after playing on the Xbox that he fell to the floor, with a loud thump. The boy's lips turned blue and his skin was extremely pale. His mother, Jessie Rawlins, was very frightened that her son was going to die.
Paramedics who arrived at the scene, found Rigsby seriously dehydrated and attached an IV tube to him for fluids. Since this happened, his mother has taken away the Xbox and won't let her son use it.
Dr Patrick advised that gamers use some common sense. Gamers need to get lot's of food and fluids, take breaks for physical activity and get some sleep. Call of Duty is a first person shooter game. Yahoo News reports, that Rigsby collapsed several times on Tuesday. He received treatment for severe dehydration.
There are many dangers of hard core gaming. The dangers of video game addiction have been debated for years. In 2009 an Ohio teenager shot his father and killed his mother because they would not let him play Halo 3. A Taiwanese teenager collapsed and died at an Internet cafe, earlier this year after playing Diablo III for 40 hours, without eating. Chris Staniforth died from a blood clot after a marathon gaming session in England in 2011, according to NY Daily News. The 20 year old suffered from deep vein thrombosis that is triggered from sitting in the same position for too long. Staniforth of Sheffield, UK, would frequently play his console for 12 hours at a time.
According to Komo News, experts say that the long term effects of video gaming are destructive. Gaming addicts can be dependent on games like a drug addict is to drugs. Dr Cash has seen patients that are social loners and unable to function properly. One young man, became suicidal from his addiction.
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