Doctor Warns ‘This TikTok Challenge Could Kill You’

by : Julia Banim on : 18 Jun 2021 18:20
Doctor Warns 'This TikTok Challenge Could Kill You'@dr.karanr/TikTok

A doctor has warned of a dangerous new TikTok challenge that could well have deadly results.

Dr Karan Raj, who boasts more 3.9 million followers on TikTok, has urged people not to put two magnetic balls on either side of their tongue to mimic a piercing, warning ‘this TikTok challenge could kill you.’


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According to Dr Raj, accidentally swallowing one of these magnets could ‘be life threatening and cause damage’ within a matter of hours.

Dr Raj explained:


The tiny magnets can clump together quickly. They can squeeze the intestines, causing a blockage and cutting off its blood supply. Without major emergency bowel surgery, this is fatal.

According to Dr Raj, two children have already been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after trying out this particular challenge.

This isn’t the first time TikTok challengers have been warned about this risky new trend. Earlier this month, Sky News reported that 11-year-old Ellis Tripp had to have five inches of his bowel removed during a six-hour operation after taking the challenge.

His mother, Amy Clarke, later took to Facebook to urge parents to watch out for their own kids coming across this trend:


I’m in a nightmare. This TikTok craze could/would have killed him if left any longer. Please talk to your children and tell them how DANGEROUS THESE ARE.

Doctor warns of dangerous TiKTok trend (Dr. Karan Raj/TikTok)Dr. Karan Raj/TikTok

At least 65 children in England have undergone urgent surgery in the last three years after swallowing these sorts of small magnets, Sky News reports.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Health


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  2. Sky News

    TikTok trend featuring tiny magnets could be life-threatening - and NHS wants them banned