A devastated father is encouraging other parents to keep a close eye and monitor how much and how often their children play video games.
Chris Stanaforth, Age 20, Died from a blood clot after a 12 hour gaming session on his Xbox. The death was caused by Deep Vein Thrombosis which caused a blockage in his lungs. Deep Vein Thrombosis is commonly associated with passengers on extended flights, where they are relatively immobile for long periods of time.
Video games are very popular form of entertainment in the day and age we live in. Men, Women and children from all over the world indulge in video games but, some more than others. Video games can actually be good for your brain in certain ways and in small doses. However, playing computer or video games for extended long periods of time could actually take a dramatic toll on your health. Take it from David, Age 54 of Sheffield, who lost his son Chris to a rare and unfortunate death.
After a job interview at JobCentre, Chris collapsed while telling his friend that his chest was hurting really bad.
‘Chris had been explaining that his chest was experiencing some peculiar pains and he would be woken up by them in the middle of the night.’
After the interview, Chris dropped a pack of gum and when he went to pick it up he instantly started to spasm. His friend frantically called an ambulance but when the paramedics arrived it was too late.
Chris had no underlying history of disease or illness.
DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot that develops in one of the deep veins. Usually more so the leg or lower torso. It can lead to serious complications if it is to break off into the bloodstream. If it happens, this can cause a fatal blockage to he lungs known as pulmonary embolism.
Chris’s father explained, ‘David would spend hours on his Xbox sometimes so long as 10-12.’ David does not blame Microsoft or Xbox for his son’s death. Chris had been accepted to study game design at Leicester University. David is sad he didn’t get the oppurtunity and has now started a campaign to raise awareness to prevent any further future deaths from DVT.
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