Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Girl, 13, may never walk again after TikTok stunt attempt causes horror burns

A 13-year-old girl "may never recover her mobility" after suffering horrifying burns while trying to imitate a stunt she saw on TikTok.

Destini Crane "lived for TikToks," according to her mother, but she very nearly died as a result of trying to recreate a popular video in which someone uses flammable liquid on a mirror to draw a shape and then ignites it.

Destini had taken a candle, a lighter and a bottle of rubbing alcohol into the bathroom of her family home in Portland, Oregon and set her phone to record video.

The teen is still unable to speak, and so cannot explain exactly how she ended up with deep burns on her throat and right arm, but her family believe the volatile liquid “exploded” in the poorly ventilated space.

The teenager has had to undergo three agonising skin-grafting surgeries and is likely to need several more months of treatment.

"Because of the burns she's going to have limited mobility," Destini’s mum Andrea Crane told ABC News.

"That is just going to be a lifelong thing, of her doing physical therapy to keep her mobility."

The youngster is still heavily sedated due to the intense pain of her wounds but her mum thinks that when Destini wakes up and fully understands the extent of her injuries, “she's probably going to freak out”.

Andrea blames herself for Destini’s plight.

"I just wasn't present with her," she said. "When she showed me TikToks and when she showed me what she was doing, I would be like, 'Oh I'm busy,' or, 'I'm doing schoolwork.'"

She says that if anything good is to come out of Destini’s horrific accident, it’s that it will make other parents pay more attention to what their kids are doing online.

“It's really important to be present with your children and have that transparency of, 'Hey what are you into what? What are you doing right now?’" she said.

Parents have also been warned about the “Fire Challenge” – a spectacularly stupid and dangerous stunt where TikTokers set them selves on fire to amuse other Internet users.

With nearly 40,000 videos of the challenge online already it’s only a matter opt time before a child is severely injured or worse because of the craze.

Online safety organisation Internet Matters says: "Children may be tempted to take risks to get more of a following or likes on a video so it’s important to talk about what they share and with who."

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