U.S. teen nearly dies after playing video game for five days straight

Tyler Rigsby 
By: Debbie Gross 

After a teen died several months ago in Taiwan, while playing a video game for forty hours straight, a U.S. teen nearly died after playing a video game for five days straight.

After binge playing for five straight days, Tyler Rigsby was left severely dehydrated, with his lips turning blue. He stared at his aunt as if looking through her. Then, he collapsed.

Tyler was not doing any drugs, he was just playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

This is the latest health crisis caused by playing video games for an extended period of time. In July, an 18-year-old, identified only by his surname Chuang, died in an Internet cafe in Taiwan, after a session of 40 hours of Diablo III.

Rigsby's mother, Jessie Rawlins, said her 15-year-old son became ill after spending four or five days absorbed in the game First Person Shooter, taking a break for going to the bathroom or grabbing a snack.

On Tuesday morning, they visited Tyler's aunt, Jennifer Thompson, in Columbus, Ohio. Tyler collapsed three times during the visit.

"I was very scared," his mother said. "I thought he was going to die. We were talking, I heard a bang, I looked over and he fell right down," said Thompson.

Tyler was rushed to hospital where doctors determined he was severely dehydrated and gave him intravenous fluids. It was the dehydration that caused his lips to turn blue.

Dr. Mike Patrick, an emergency physician at the National Children's Hospital in Columbus, said that players should avoid sleepless marathon sessions or no liquids. His advice was too late to Tyler, although, he is fine now.

"The Xbox is gone," said his mother.