Call of Duty claimed another victim and, although the 16-hour caffeine-fueled marathon did not end tragically, it did put a 14-year-old into a coma and caused other problems like kidney, lung, nervous and cardiovascular system failure. Had the Norwegian boy not been rushed to the hospital, he would have been dead after drinking four litres of energy drink in order to cope with the gaming party he attended. Doctors could not determine the exact reason of the life-threatening situation, but the combination of energy drinks and 16 hours of intensive playing were enough to send the boy to hospital.
Call of Duty has claimed plenty of lives since it was first launched, but, although the latest victim, a 14-year-old Norwegian boy was lucky enough to survive, the caffeine-fueled marathon caused severe problems like kidney failure and coma. Henrik Eide Dahl was playing the shooter video game on his school’s Local Area Network with a group when he decided to take a break and go to the school cafeteria. The last thing he remembered was playing Call of Duty and collapsing. After being rushed to the hospital in Lillehammer, his condition got worse and his kidneys started to fail. The boy soon fell into a coma and was kept alive by a drip and a respirator. When Dahl woke up, he saw his brothers “sitting at the edge of the bed and crying.”
The doctors found out that the 14-year-old boy had consumed four litres of energy drink to sustain the marathon, but the situation got worse as his system started to fail. While playing Call of Duty and trying to remain vigilant, Dahl had lost count of how the energy drinks he consumed and the caffeine-fueled marathon caused the victim to go into coma. Anne Kathrine Duns, one of the doctors who treated the boy in Lillehammer, stated that Dahl had a near-death experience.
Although his condition has been stabilized, Dahl spent 13 days in hospital and, even after he was discharged, the 14-year-old still had to take medicine in order to control his high blood pressure. Margrete Meltzer from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health concluded that “there are more substances in energy drinks than caffeine.” Even though Call of Duty was not directly responsible for the scare, it was the 16-hour marathon which convinced the boy to drink four litres of energy drink.
The shooter video game has claimed plenty lives throughout its existence; a 14-year-old boy, Callum Green hanged himself after playing Call of Duty with his stepfather and Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik stated that he used this video game to train before killing 77 people. French terrorist Mohammed Merah also admitted to playing this shooter before killing four civilians and three soldiers in Toulouse.
Call of Duty has been claiming lives since it first appeared because of the degree of violence it presents and now, a caffeine-fueled marathon caused a 14-year-old Norwegian boy to go into coma and suffer kidney failure. Although his condition is now stable, this situation has determined experts to say that energy drinks and video games do not mix well.
By Gabriela Motroc