Colorado boy, 12, is left brain dead after losing consciousness in TikTok ‘Blackout Challenge’

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Colorado boy, 12, is left brain dead after using shoelace to choke himself until lost consciousness in TikTok ‘Blackout Challenge’

  • Joshua Haileyesus was found in the bathroom by his brother on March 22
  • His family believes he may have used the shoelace to participate in the challenge that has been circulating on TikTok for the past year.
  • Also known as ‘the passing out’, ‘the game of choking’ or ‘fast dreaming’, the trend challenges users to choke themselves until they pass out
  • In January, a 10-year-old Italian girl accidentally committed suicide after participating
  • Joshua is said to have spoken to his brother about holding his breath
  • His father has said doctors have told him his son will ‘not survive’

A 12-year-old boy has been left brain dead after his parents said he used a shoelace to choke himself until he lost consciousness for TikTok’s ‘Blackout Challenge’.

Joshua Haileyesus was found unconscious by his twin brother in the bathroom of his Colorado home on March 22.

His family believes he may have used the shoelace to participate in the challenge that has been circulating on TikTok for the past year.

Also known as ‘the passing out’, ‘the game of choking’ or ‘fast dreaming’, the trend challenges users to choke themselves until they pass out for a few seconds.

In January, a 10-year-old Italian girl accidentally committed suicide after participating.

Joshua is said to have spoken to his brother about holding his breath for a minute.

Joshua Haileyesus, pictured, has been left mindless after his parents said he used a shoelace to choke himself until he lost consciousness for TikTok's 'Blackout Challenge'

Joshua Haileyesus, pictured, has been left mindless after his parents said he used a shoelace to choke himself until he lost consciousness for TikTok’s ‘Blackout Challenge’

His father, Haileyesus Zeryihun, told me Fox19 doctors have told him that his son “will not survive”.

He said, “I begged them on the floor begging them to give me some time, not to give up on him.

“If I just give him up, I feel like I’m just walking away from my son.”

His family, in the photo, think he may have used the shoelace to participate in the 'blackout challenge' that has been circulating on TikTok for the past year.

His family, in the photo, think he may have used the shoelace to participate in the 'blackout challenge' that has been circulating on TikTok for the past year.

His family, in the photo, think he may have used the shoelace to participate in the ‘blackout challenge’ that has been circulating on TikTok for the past year.

Joshua is said to have spoken to his brother about holding his breath for a minute.

Joshua is said to have spoken to his brother about holding his breath for a minute.

His father, Haileyesus Zeryihun, told Fox19 doctors have told him his son 'won't survive'

His father, Haileyesus Zeryihun, told Fox19 doctors have told him his son 'won't survive'

Joshua is said to have spoken to his brother about holding his breath for a minute. His father, Haileyesus Zeryihun, told Fox19 doctors have told him his son ‘won’t survive’

Other parents warn Zeryihun added, ‘I am paying the price now. I live life and I hate that other parents go through this.

This is something that children need to be taught to be given advice. Because this is a seriously serious business.

‘It’s not a joke at all. And you can treat it like someone is holding a gun. This is how dangerous this is. ‘

He said of his son: ‘He is a fighter. I see him fighting. I pray for him every day. It’s just heartbreaking to see him lying on the bed. ‘

How to report the Blackout Challenge on TikTok

If you see anyone promoting the Blackout Challenge on TikTok or any other social media platform, please report it immediately.

To report the Blackout Challenge on TikTok:

Click on the white arrow on the right side of the video.

Press the icon that says ‘report’ with a flag symbol.

Select ‘suicide, self-harm and dangerous acts’.

If someone contacts you and tells you to join the challenge, do not respond and report the account immediately.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

Also known as 'the passing out', 'the game of choking' or 'fast dreaming', the trend challenges users to choke themselves until they pass out for a few seconds.

Also known as 'the passing out', 'the game of choking' or 'fast dreaming', the trend challenges users to choke themselves until they pass out for a few seconds.

Also known as ‘the passing out’, ‘the game of choking’ or ‘fast dreaming’, the trend challenges users to choke themselves until they pass out for a few seconds.

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