New deadly challenge in Tik-Tok: a teenager ate spicy chips and died
On September 1, a teenager in Massachusetts died after taking part in a viral social media challenge called the One Chip Challenge. Yahoo.
Lois Voloba, mother of 14-year-old Harris Voloba, said the teen's family believes he died as a result of the challenge. He ate extremely spicy Paqui chips at school and got sick.
The family picked him up from Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester. At home, he began to feel better. Harris' brother later found him unconscious shortly before basketball practice around 16:30 p.m. That evening he was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Autopsy results pending, cause of death unknown.
Since Woloba's death, Worcester Public Schools is offering mental support to students and staff.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we have lost rising star Harris Woloba, who attended Doherty Memorial High School. As a mother and educator, I can't imagine how hard it is for his family, friends and teachers, Worcester School Superintendent Rachel Monarres said Sept. 2. “My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him.”
The essence of the dangerous challenge
The Paqui Chip Test, advertised on the company's website, tests a person's ability to eat a very spicy chip and refrain from drinking any liquids to relieve the burning sensation.
“How long can you last,” the company asks potential buyers on Online.
The chip maker's website also warns of the adverse health effects of eating the product and insists that it should only be eaten by adults. In addition, Paqui advises those who eat chips to seek medical attention if they experience "difficulty breathing, fainting or prolonged nausea."
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The chip offered by the company this year, according to the website, contains Carolina Reaper Pepper and Naga Viper Pepper for "a truly extraordinary experience."
У Poison control there is a webpage addressing this issue, which explains that the ingredient in the chips that is of concern to some consumers is capsaicin, a compound found naturally in chili peppers.
When eaten in high concentrations, capsaicin can cause anything from mild pain in the mouth and throat to irritation of the intestines and throat, or even, in extreme cases, heart palpitations and heart attacks. Fox9. Although so far there have been no reports of life-threatening reactions after participating in the challenge.
According to Poison Control, the best way to get immediate relief after eating foods containing capsaicin is to drink milk. The agency also recommends that people wash their hands thoroughly after eating chips to avoid getting capsaicin in their eyes. If capsaicin gets in your eyes, the agency recommends rinsing them with room temperature water for 15 to 20 minutes.
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A spokesman for Paqui said last year that the company "takes safety very seriously and has made every effort to ensure products are labeled correctly and clearly with allergens and safety information."
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