Teen dies after playing video games for 22 days straight

Teen Dies After Playing Video Game 22 Days Straight

A 17-year-old boy died after reportedly playing an online computer game for 22 days straight. The young man had broken his leg and was bored at home, using video games to pass the time.

The teen, known as Rustam, only stopped playing Defence of the Ancients when he had to sleep and eat. According to investigators, the teen spent more than 2,000 hours playing the game in the past year and a half.

Rustam died in the town of Uchaly in southern Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan. As he played video games for roughly six to seven hours every day, his parents told BlokNot that they usually heard him pounding at the keyboard and reacting to the screen.

On August 30, the boy's parents no longer heard their son playing video games in his room. They rushed him to the hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.

Doctors say that Rustam may have died from second class syndrome, thrombosis. This occurs when people stay still for a long period of time without moving around to keep blood flowing. Police spokesperson Svetlana Abramova said:

"In the last 22 days it is suspected he played the game almost all the time, stopping only to take a nap and grab a snack. Since August 8 he had a broken leg and has spent all his time at home playing computer games."

Russian representative for children Pavel Astakhov explained the importance of making sure children do not develop addictions to video games as they can be extremely dangerous. She said:

"It is important to follow what your kids are doing. In the case of the 17-year-old, it is suspected he spent what was the equivalent of 83 whole days online out of the past year-and-a-half. A dependence on computer games is one of biggest dangers for the kids nowadays."

Another medical expert, Azat Hafizov, explained what may have happened to the teen. He said:

"People can suffer from such problems during long flights when they are forced to sit. The boy presumably died from a thrombosis. They are appearing in 50 percent of cases when people have fractures."

Psychologist Rustam Kalimullin said:

"Problems with video games become bigger if parents do not take enough care of children. It does not have to be that parents drink or take drugs, but simply do not pay enough attention to children. In those cases children escape from problems into virtual worlds."

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