Gaming marathon lands Norwegian teen in hospital

Chris Morris

It's not unusual for gamers who embark on a marathon gaming binge to make sure they're well stocked with caffeinated beverages. But a 14-year old Norwegian boy has a warning: Be careful how much you consume.

Henrik Eide Dahl was hospitalized with severe kidney failure after a 16-hour marathon gaming session during which he consumed an eye-popping eight liters of energy drinks to battle fatigue. That's over two gallons of the high sugar, high caffeine beverages.

Dahl, who is expected to recover, reportedly collapsed in his school's cafeteria after a marathon Call of Duty session.

Okay, before we go any further, we'll admit: We're a bit confused by a few parts of this story as well. The gaming marathon was at his school? The school was letting kids play an M-rated game? Maybe it's a Norwegian thing.

Regardless of the circumstances, it was a pretty serious event. Dahl was flown to a hospital in Lillehammer and fell into a coma when his kidneys started to fail. His central nervous system and cardiovascular system were also affected. He was kept alive by a respirator until his body started to recover.

"I was playing Call of Duty. Then everything went dark and I passed out," he told the Norwegian paper The Local. "When I woke up, I was terrified. The first thing I remember from the hospital is that my brothers were sitting at the edge of the bed and crying."

He has spent 14 days recovering in the hospital from the incident and is still taking medication for high blood pressure. Doctors say they found no evidence of a preexisting medical condition.

This, of course, seems to be less the fault of a marathon gaming session and likely tied more to the energy drinks, but there have been plenty of examples of gamers who ignored common sense and their bodies and paid the price.

In July 2012, an 18-year old player in Taiwan died after a 40-hour marathon session with Diablo III. The next month, a 15-year old Columbus, Ohio teen was rushed to the hospital after a marathon session of Modern Warfare 3 that lasted between four and five days.

Reminder: Take breaks, folks, and maybe replace the Red Bull with water from time to time.

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