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Hickeys, or love bites, may seem like a harmless way to show your affection to the one you love, but this couple from Mexico City found out the hard way just how dangerous they can be!
Julio Macias Gonzalez and his girlfriend were being affectionate when she decided to spend a little extra time kissing his neck, specifically the jugular region. The time she spent kissing Julio's neck resulted in the hickey that ultimately cost him his life.
The hickey from Julio's girlfriend caused a blockage in his vein which led to a massive blood clot. Julio made it back to his parents' house alive - but his health had took a drastic turn for the worse, as reported a local news outlet, Hoy Estado. By then, the clot had traveled up his neck and into his brain, which, in turn, led to a bout of serious seizures.
His parents called the authorities but it was too late - Julio was pronounced without life on the scene. Hoy Estado claims that his girlfriend, who is seven years older than Julio fled from the scene and is currently missing. They also say that his parents never approved of their relationship in the first place due to the dramatic age difference.
Even though this appears as though it was just a horrific accident, Julio's family is left to cope with the loss of their son far earlier than they ever expected.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time a hickey has proven to be risky. In 2010, a 44-year-old woman from New Zealand also suffered from a stroke after receiving a hickey - although hers ended up to be non-fatal. This just goes to show that hickeys are far more dangerous than anyone would assume!
Nothing can bring Julio back from the grave, but we can all take the lesson of avoiding hickeys to heart. It's simply not worth it....