The Choking Game

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 9:41pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Many times children and teens are looking for the next big adventure, no matter how dangerous it can be. For decades, teens across the United States have been engaging in a potentially deadly game, which has been blamed for the deaths of nearly 100 children and teenagers.

Reports indicate children engage in it because they believe it's a safe way to get a "high" since the game doesn't require drugs. But they have no idea just how dangerous this activity really is, and they're unaware that it can be fatal or cause serious injuries.

The game is also known as “purple haze” and “space monkey.” The game consists of cutting oxygen to the brain on purpose. Teens will choke themselves and then lose consciousness.

The Centers for Disease Control reports all of the parents of the children who died were not aware their kids were involved in this potentially deadly game, just like Corina Garza.

“I didn't know anything about this game.”

Michael Vera was a teen whose mother says had a bright future ahead of him. He excelled in school and had a passion for baseball. His life came to a tragic end in 2006. Garza remembers that night vividly. On Sunday, August 13th, she sent her two young boys to bed. Michael went to his parent's bathroom, but never came out.

“Right before he went in, he looked at me and said mom I love you. I said I love you too and said the same to my husband. He said I love you too mijito. It was 10:15. I could hear matt in his room, but not Michael. I didn't hear any noise in the bathroom. I called out his name and he didn't answer. I told my husband to check on him and that's what we found.”

Everardo Vera found Michael unconscious, sitting against the door and with a cord around his neck.

For those who are lucky enough to survive this game, some will suffer the biggest consequence, severe brain damage. Like in the case of 14-year-old Ryan tucker, Jessica or this boy who he fell into coma and doctors say will remain in vegetative state for the rest of his life.

If someone you know has scars on their neck, blood-shot eyes or you find ropes and belts tied to their bedroom furniture, doorknobs or on the floor, there is a high possibility they may be engaging in the deadly game.

Reports indicate it only takes 4 minutes for someone playing the choking game to die. This game is not to be tried at home or anywhere else.

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