Teenager Hospitalized After Duct Tape Challenge Goes Wrong


Skylar Fish has had a lot of time to think as a nurse removes 48 staples from his head. Though he’s in some pain, he’s not complaining.   

“I’m just actually really lucky to be alive,” said Fish.

The 14-year-old was seriously injured doing what’s known as the “Duct Tape Challenge.”

The challenge is new trend often found on YouTube, in which a person is restrained using duct tape and must attempt to break free.

“It seems like I was hit by a car,” Fish exclaimed.

Fish doesn’t remember much from that day.

He and two buddies had gone to Renton Academy on a Saturday, where they had duct taped his arms and legs.

“When he fell, he hit the corner of the window frame. It crushed his whole eye socket and pinched off nerves in his eye,” said Skylar’s mother, Sarah Fish.

Fish doesn’t know if he’ll ever get his vision back in that eye. His head also slammed into the concrete, causing a brain aneurysm.

“It was really scary, just seeing my son like this,” said Sarah.

His mother now wants to warn others about the duct tape challenge.

“I want people to stop and think that there are so many risks to any of these challenges, they’re dangerous,” said Sarah.

As Fish prepares to head off to Seattle Children’s Hospital for the rest of his recovery, he says he wants something good to come out of this.

“Teach other kids not to do it. When I think about it, I become sad and then really happy because I’m happy because I survived it. I almost died,” said Skylar.

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