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Teen hospitalized after four-day Call of Duty marathon

Ohio 15-year-old only left bedroom to secure snacks and take shower, leading to "severe dehydration" and need for intravenous fluid replenishment.


An Ohio teenage boy was hospitalized this week after a four-day Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 marathon led to "severe dehydration," reports local NBC affiliate WCMH-TV. According to the boy's mother, the Columbus teen only emerged from his room to grab snacks and to take a short shower.

Dr. Mike Patrick does not recommend gaming for extended periods of time.
Dr. Mike Patrick does not recommend gaming for extended periods of time.

The boy collapsed multiple times after playing Modern Warfare 3 for "at least four days" and was admitted to a nearby hospital, where doctors placed an IV to replenish his lost fluids. He is expected to be just fine, but his mother has taken away his Xbox 360.

Activision had not returned requests for comment as of press time.

Emergency physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital Dr. Mike Patrick told the news outlet that gamers should exercise common sense. He recommends drinking plenty of fluids, taking breaks for physical activity, and getting sleep.

Earlier this month, a Diablo III marathon session resulted in the death of an 18-year-old Taiwanese man in an Internet cafe.

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