A teenager has cut off his own penis while playing the controversial ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ at his home.
Xu Zhenlang is said to have cut off his manhood with a blade while he was at home alone one evening, but later called his parents because he could no longer endure the pain.
The 16-year-old was taken to the Nanchang Shuguang Hand & Foot Surgical Hospital in East China’s Jiangxi province where doctors immediately rushed him into surgery.
Medics said the boy severed his penis at the base in a ‘self-inflicted injury’ and said doctors spent around eight hours reattaching it.
Despite the lengthy surgery, an unnamed surgeon noted it was ‘hard to say’ whether the penis would be successfully rescued or regain full function in the future.
This problem of peer pressure on social media was really brought to its extreme in the last years when the so called “Blue Whale Game” started to emerge. This “game” is shared in social media groups and leads the participants to harm themselves and ultimately commit suicide to “win”. It is linked to 130 teen deaths in Russia alone and spread over to numerous other countries all over the world. This is just one of the extreme reasons why parents should talk with their kids about peer pressure and that it´s okay to say “no”. A spokesperson of the NSPCC in the UK said: “Children can find it difficult to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it’s perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared. Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.” Image: nst.com.my #turntothelight #besafe #besecure #stopbluewhale #beaware #awareness #darksideofsocialmedia #darkside #socialmediaawareness #bluewhale #bluewhalechallenge #danger #bluewhalegame #facebook
The boy’s mum told doctors her son had mentioned playing the ‘Blue Whale Game’ – but told hospital staff she had ‘no idea what the game involved’.
The Blue Whale Challenge originated in Russia with Russian Blue Whale administrator Philipp Budeikin, 21 – and the game has been linked with ‘at least 130 deaths’ there as well as other incidents in Spain and Ireland.
The game challenges people to take part in a number of life-threatening tasks over a period of 50 days and it ends in suicide.
Ok guys the #bluewhalechallenge is getting out of hand. If you are struggling with depression pls don't do this stuff. Go talk to someone about it but don't do this pls. For those of you that don't know what this is, its a challenge and they give you tasks and the first one is cutting yourself and it ends with committing suicide. Guys just pls DONT do this. You can talk to me or someone if you're battling with someone. Once again pls whatever you do just DONT do this?
Budeikin pleaded guilty to inciting at least 16 teenage girls to commit suicide through the game.
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