Teen happy to be alive after accepting duct-tape challenge

Teen happy to be alive after accepting duct-tape challenge

RENTON, WA (KIRO/CNN) -  In Washington State, a teenage boy received life-threatening injuries trying to pull off what anyone can find on YouTube. He now wants other kids to learn from his mistake.

Skylar Fish has had a lot of time to think as a nurse removes 48 staples from his head. Though he's in some pain, he's not complaining. "I'm just actually really lucky to be even alive," Fish said.

Pictures show how seriously the 14-year-old was injured doing what's known as the duct-tape challenge. A quick search on YouTube,  and several videos pop up. The goal is to break free from the duct tape. "When I think about it, it seems like I was hit by a car," Fish said.

Fish doesn't remember much from that day. He and two buddies had gone on a Saturday to Renton Academy where they had duct taped his arms and legs.

"When he fell, he hit the corner of the window frame. It crushed his whole eye socket. When his eye socket was crushed, it pinched off nerves in his eye," said Sarah Fish, his mother.

Fish doesn't know if he'll ever get his vision back in that eye. His head also slammed into the concrete, causing a brain aneurysm.

"It was really scary, like just seeing my son like this," Sarah Fish said. His mother now wants to warn others about the duct-tape challenge. "I want people to stop and think that there are so many risks to any of these challenges. They're dangerous," Sarah Fish said.

As Skylar Fish prepares to head off to Seattle Children's Hospital for the rest of his recovery, he said he wants something good to come out of this.

"Teach other kids not to do it. When I think about it, like I become sad. And then like really happy. Because like I'm happy because like I survived it. Like, I almost died," the teen said.

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