A 15-year-old boy lost all the skin from his chest, arms and half his face after his friend poured boiling water all over him as part of the new ‘hot water challenge’.
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 scolding themselves with water.
When Kyland fell asleep, his friend, who has not been named, did it to Kyland – ‘as a joke’.
The prank left Kyland in excruciating pain with second-degree burns all over his body, that required a week of treatment in hospital.
Now Kyland and his distraught mother Andrea are sharing their story to urge others not to do the challenge.
Agony: Kyland Clark, of Indianapolis, was watching YouTube videos with friends when they discovered the ‘hot water challenge’ but he didn’t think his friend would do it to him
Hospitalized: Kyland (pictured with his mother Andrea) spent a week being treated for burns
The 15-year-old’s face was mutilated by the boiling hot water (pictured before)
‘There’s a limit to what you should do in a challenge and what you shouldn’t. Don’t take it overboard,’ Kyland told WLTW.
There are three layers to the skin: the epidermis (top), dermis (middle) and hypodermis (bottom).
First-degree burns affect the epidermis, and third-degree burns reach the hypodermis.
Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and dermis.
Breaking through to the second layer is incredibly painful: the dermis consists of nerve endings, blood vessels and sweat glands.
Such a burn can cause the epidermis to shed, and the dermis to become inflamed.
That’s exactly what happened to Kyland.
Kyland’s mom helps him to routinely apply ointment to heal the wounds (pictured)
If second-degree burns are kept clean, they can sometimes heal in two weeks, but sometimes it takes more than three
He recalls waking up instantly and ripping off his shirt in panic, before running to the bathroom for cold water.
‘And then I looked down at my chest. 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,’ Kyland told WLTW.
He now has bandages around his head, body and arms, and his mom helps him to routinely apply ointment to heal the wounds.
If second-degree burns are kept clean, they can sometimes heal in two weeks, but sometimes it takes more than three.
‘To see my baby, all burned up like that, it was heart breaking,’ Andrea told the station.
‘There’s a limit to what you should do in a challenge and what you shouldn’t. Don’t take it overboard,’ Kyland said
‘To see my baby, all burned up like that, it was heart breaking,’ Andrea said