17-year-old boy dies from thrombosis after playing ‘Defense of the Ancients’ for 22 straight days
This 17-year-old boy from Bashkortostan, Russia had a broken leg and had to stay at home to recuperate. To kill time, he decided to play DoTA (Defense of the Ancients).
His only break was to either take a nap, or grab a snack. For 22 days, this was his daily routine. The boy obviously had limited adult supervision, as the parents were not aware of their son’s addiction.
“While his parents were away, he incessantly played online computer games, wrenching himself away from the screen only to sleep,” Svetlana Abramova, a senior aide at the regional Investigative Committee said.
Rustam’s parents were used to hearing the clicking sound of their son’s keyboard, but it suddenly fell silent one night. His mother found him unconscious when she decided to check on him. He was then rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Doctors reportedly suspect deep vein thrombosis. That’s when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in a leg. This can happen if you don’t move for a long time, which the teen hadn’t done. The blood clot can break loose and cause death.
To all the parents out there: pay attention to your children. Not because they are home, means it’s safe.