Call of Duty Claims Victim: Caffeine-Fueled Marathon Causes Coma

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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



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7 Responses to "Call of Duty Claims Victim: Caffeine-Fueled Marathon Causes Coma"

  1. Gruff Ogre   March 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    And to think that back in my day we used to play Elite on the Amiga all night long drinking only beer!

  2. Nicole   March 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    How about asking the most obvious question of all where were his parents during this time?? Parents need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for their own shortcomings rather than blame everyone but themselves. I am a single working mother of 2 children 11 & 8, both of which have limits and guidelines. If they did not who knows maybe 1 or both may have ended up like this child. They are children they know no better.

  3. energydrinksbad   March 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    there is nothing good about energy drinks. period. go work out. get a natural high you lazy punks

  4. energydrinksbad   March 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    congrats. and ‘evil genius’ gaming team promote monster energy drinks to the kids and the moron streamers on like king kingor stream for 35 straight hours. i blame the parents for being gone while these kids do this and I also blame the marketing. but again, it all comes down to parenting. some of these people should not be having kids.

  5. hetna   March 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    this is funny

  6. Jay   March 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Well noooooo kidding that energy drinks and video games don’t mix well. At best, they should be used for ENERGY activities, not merely for staying awake. Kids want to be all grown up and cool staying up late, and can’t even handle coffee so they need energy drinks instead smh.

  7. James   March 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This is so Stupid! How can you blame Call of Duty when a kid drank 4 liters of energy drinks


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