Teen warning others after close call in latest challenge going viral

Posted at 10:36 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 10:51:40-05

SEATTLE - A dangerous challenge that is spreading online almost cost a Washington State teen his life.

Seattle's Q13 spoke to Sarah Fish who said her son is lucky to be alive after he fell and hit his head while taking on the latest internet challenge with his friends.

It's called the duct tape challenge and dozens of videos online show teens taking it.

According to Q13, one teen wraps another in duct tape and times the other to see how long it takes them to escape.

When 14-year-old Skylar Fish took the challenge, Q13 said he fell and hit his head on concrete and a metal window frame.

Skylar shattered his eye socket and cheekbone and needed immediate surgery for bleeding in his brain.

Sarah told Q13 Skylar cannot see out of one eye and the damage might be permanent.

His mother said he will also have to relearn how to perform everyday tasks.

"If he would have hit on it differently, an inch over, he could have died," Sarah told Q13. "If his friend didn't flip him over when he was having a seizure and choking up blood, he could have died."

Skylar and his mother are now working to warn other families about the potential dangers of taking this or any challenge going viral online.

"They’re just looking at what’s fun, what’s cool, what's going to impress their friends," Fish said. "'I can break out of this duct tape. I'm the strongest. I’m the best.' They’re not thinking, what if I fall and hit my head."

Sarah told Q13 Skylar's brain surgery was a success; he will be in the hospital for another week to 10 days recovering.

More: See the latest on Skylar from Q13.