A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl is dead after trying to do a dangerous challenge she saw on social media.
Nyla Anderson was alone in her room when she attempted the “blackout challenge,” in which participants choke themselves or hold their breath to the point of unconsciousness.
Nyla’s family rushed her to a local children’s Hospital, but she didn’t survive.
“I’m so hurt,” Nyla’s mother, Tawainna Anderson, told WPVI . “This is a pain that won’t go away. It’s at the top of my throat. I am so hurt.”
“It’s a challenge to see how long you can be breathless, or hold your breath in,” said Dr. Mindy Dickerman, associate division chief for the pediatric critical care division at Nemours Children’s Health. “It can result in a strangulation.”
Medical authorities say the lack of oxygen can also lead to cardiac arrest, significant organ damage, brain damage and death.