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Xbox addict, 20, killed by blood clot after 12-hour gaming sessions
DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 30th July 2011 | Rebecca Twomey

Posted on 07/30/2011 9:56:29 AM PDT by SanFranDan

A mourning father has sent out a plea to other parents to protect their children from the dangers of playing computer games.

Blood clot victim, Chris Staniforth, 20, died after spending up to 12 hours at a time playing on his Xbox.

The gaming enthusiast suffered a blockage to his lungs when he developed deep vein thrombosis – commonly associated with passengers on long haul flights where they are relatively immobile for hours on end.

Chris’ heartbroken father, David told The Sun, ‘As a parent you think playing computer games can’t do them any harm because you know what they are doing.

‘Kids all over the country are playing these games for long periods - they don’t realise it could kill them.’

Chris, an avid player of popular games such as Halo collapsed after an interview at a JobCentre while telling a friend he’d been experiencing peculiar pains in his chest.

He explained how he was woken in the night by a ‘strange feeling’ in his chest and that his heart rate was incredibly low, although this returned to normal and he fell back to sleep.

During the conversation outside the JobCentre David explained the moment Chris started to suffer:

Before he collapsed outside a JobCentre, Chris was offered a place to study Game Design at Leicester University

‘He dropped a packet of chewing gum and as he picked it up, he jolted back and began to spasm.’

Chris’ friend frantically called an ambulance but paramedics arriving on the scene failed to save him.

Yesterday, a coroner confirmed DVT as the cause of death despite the 20-year-old having no history of ill health or underlying medical conditions

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: addiction; videogames

1 posted on 07/30/2011 9:56:32 AM PDT by SanFranDan
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To: SanFranDan

That’s a shame. Did he win anything?


2 posted on 07/30/2011 9:58:09 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: SanFranDan

Maybe he should have drank more beer while playing. Keeps the blood thinner.


3 posted on 07/30/2011 9:59:38 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Libloather

He probably qualifies for a Darwin Award.

Yippee!


4 posted on 07/30/2011 10:02:25 AM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Libloather

I think he had the high score for Donkey Kong.


5 posted on 07/30/2011 10:04:58 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: SanFranDan

I have to think there’s some other health issue at work here. We want kids to remain immobilized to a great degree during the school day. My kids play COD on xbox live for long periods during the day, but they’re not immobile during the entire time.

At any rate, a tragic loss for his family.


6 posted on 07/30/2011 10:08:14 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: SanFranDan

A 20-year old with twelve hours of nothing?


7 posted on 07/30/2011 10:09:45 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: bereanway

Looks like he was a bit overweight...maybe a factor?


8 posted on 07/30/2011 10:10:49 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: SanFranDan

Wow - I wonder how often this actually happens?

From personal experience, when I was a teenager practically every saturday and sunday myself and 41 other people played a game together, where some events took 8-12 hours to complete, and we would all be on for the entire time. Mind you, every hour or so we would take 10-15 minute breaks, but still, looking at this and looking back that makes it seem a little scary.

Looking back it was also a complete waste of time, to think, I could’ve been outside!


9 posted on 07/30/2011 10:11:38 AM PDT by Mike3689
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To: KoRn

Glenlivet and Left 4 Dead.
A night well spent.


10 posted on 07/30/2011 10:15:23 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("I can see 2012 from my house!" Jim Thompson, 7-16-2011)
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To: SanFranDan
Chris’ heartbroken father, David told The Sun, ‘As a parent you think playing computer games can’t do them any harm because you know what they are doing.

Pretty sad that a father thinks of his 20-year-old adult son as somebody he needs to monitor and that spending entire days at home playing at children's games is apparently acceptable to him.

11 posted on 07/30/2011 10:15:36 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SanFranDan

I think it’s safe to say that he died a virgin.


12 posted on 07/30/2011 10:17:52 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Libloather

“That’s a shame. Did he win anything?”

Dammit, that’s all I want to know. My oldest kid is looking to move up the rankings, and if this guy is out of the way, then junior is that much closer to saving the world from aliens...and junior plays 14 hours a day, HA!!!. (just kidding - typical middle-class parent today)


13 posted on 07/30/2011 10:18:06 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: SIDENET

I’m just saying.


14 posted on 07/30/2011 10:18:29 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SamAdams76
Lots of people sit around all day at their jobs and then couch potato too. I do normally.

I also do yard work once in awhile and try not eat well at least 4 times a week. This modern lifestyle though, can be a killer. At 20 I'd think he was just predisposed to die early, sadly.

15 posted on 07/30/2011 10:19:03 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Tolsti2

Try TO eat well lol..


16 posted on 07/30/2011 10:20:34 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: txmissy

“Looks like he was a bit overweight...maybe a factor?”

That no doubt went along with sitting still for 80% of the day, as well.


17 posted on 07/30/2011 10:24:55 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tolsti2

Increase your Bacon intake.

;)


18 posted on 07/30/2011 10:25:16 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SanFranDan

“As a parent you think playing computer games can’t do them any harm because you know what they are doing.”

Huh? This was an adult, not a ten year old. My parents didn’t know what I was doing all day when I was 20. No one should!


19 posted on 07/30/2011 10:28:48 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: SanFranDan

I wonder if getting up from the computer every 20 minutes and running down a flight of stairs to grab another diet pop then back up again is what kept me alive all those teen years? And I had to do it fast, or I’d get in trouble with the leadership for being away from the computer. Exercise!


20 posted on 07/30/2011 10:29:11 AM PDT by Mike3689
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To: West Texas Chuck

To win a Darwin award, you either have to take yourself out or render yourself unreproducable through activities that are obvious in their ability to do that.

On the other hand, playing video games for hours makes you usually repugnant to the female gender, so you do accomplish the objective, through the female’s inability to find it attractive for males to play video games for hours on end.

So overall, I stand corrected.


21 posted on 07/30/2011 10:32:00 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: OneWingedShark
Gotta load up.
22 posted on 07/30/2011 10:33:35 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Mike3689
I wonder if getting up from the computer every 20 minutes and running down a flight of stairs to grab another diet pop then back up again is what kept me alive all those teen years?

I am still using that system in my 40s.

23 posted on 07/30/2011 10:34:25 AM PDT by magellan
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To: Mike3689

24 posted on 07/30/2011 10:35:53 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: bereanway

My son is a Halo fan, plays it on-line with friends. He uses a wireless hand/head set and moves around quite a bit. Read him the article; going to make sure he does more physical activity, just to be safe.


25 posted on 07/30/2011 10:38:14 AM PDT by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: SanFranDan

I have never understood the attraction of what I would call “solitary games.”

I can remember as a teenager being almost repelled by my buddies who spent their money and time playing pinball.


26 posted on 07/30/2011 10:52:44 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Future Snake Eater

27 posted on 07/30/2011 10:55:09 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SanFranDan

My kids own no video games at all, and they watch relatively little TV. They have tire swings, outdoor toys, fishing poles, balls, books, bikes, running shoes, and friends. I have no problem with them playing video games when they visit friends, but I’m happy to see that they would rather go outside. Mission accomplished.


28 posted on 07/30/2011 10:56:50 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SanFranDan
People who dedicate their lives to booze, hookers, drugs, and smoking even tend to live longer than 20.

Look what this kid missed by sitting on his arse.

29 posted on 07/30/2011 10:59:56 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Tolsti2
Bacon-Health Graph
30 posted on 07/30/2011 11:03:50 AM PDT by null and void (Day 920. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: null and void

That looks suspiciously like XKCD. :D

I ate 12 pieces of bacon for breakfast this morning and regretted it about 3 minutes later. Should’ve stopped at 6, but it’s just so tasty.


31 posted on 07/30/2011 11:09:03 AM PDT by Mike3689
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To: SamAdams76
I guess I can't generate the requisite amount of pity. By the time I was 20, I had been out of the house for two years, and in the Corps for 13 months...

The Marines tend to keep you from sitting on your a$$ for so long that you throw a blood clot...

32 posted on 07/30/2011 11:09:42 AM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: Mike3689

It might well be. I’ve long since forgotten where I stole it.


33 posted on 07/30/2011 11:13:15 AM PDT by null and void (Day 920. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: SanFranDan

I guess his XBox didn’t have Kinect?


34 posted on 07/30/2011 11:23:12 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: SanFranDan

They did a very similar story on Spike TV’s “1,000 Ways to Die.”


35 posted on 07/30/2011 11:32:40 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: SanFranDan

I limit my XBox time to a couple hours a day....except when its double-points weekend on Call of Duty....


36 posted on 07/30/2011 11:58:11 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: SanFranDan

At that age I was racing flat track motorcycles. I’m still
alive. (kind of beat up, but alive)


37 posted on 07/30/2011 12:00:00 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: SanFranDan

Well over twice his age and my record is 31 straight hours on a comparable game. Unspeakably sad for the father and the boy though.


38 posted on 07/30/2011 12:16:24 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: null and void

Heh. Yep.


39 posted on 07/30/2011 12:18:02 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: jonascord

Same here. I joined the Marine Corps right after I graduated high school and by the time I was 20, I had already been on my own for nearly three years. The only video games I ever had time for was a little Pac-Man or Space Invaders at the e-Club and as each game was a quarter, I couldn’t afford to get very good at either!


40 posted on 07/30/2011 12:40:36 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Mike3689

“Looking back it was also a complete waste of time, to think, I could’ve been outside!”

Yes, if only you’d had an iPad with 4G.


41 posted on 07/30/2011 12:41:04 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA (Sarc tag left off, as a sign of respect.)
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To: SanFranDan
Was this his cousin?
42 posted on 07/30/2011 1:09:45 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45
I'm going to go out on a limb and call the one on the left a female. If nothing else, her face painting skills are more accomplished.

Mummy must be VERY proud. As for the leash, I'm betting that's the only way she can get Some. How many bar'ls of oil do you figure they would render out? The one on the right wouldn't run far before he spouted black blood and rolled fin out...

And people are worried about winning the next Civil War?

43 posted on 07/30/2011 5:10:10 PM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: KoRn

Yeah, and it keeps making you run to the bathroom so that’s a good way to get up and walk around a bit, keep the old blood flowing. And they say beers no good for you. Hmmpf! Looks to me playing video games is bad for one’s health.


44 posted on 07/31/2011 5:45:56 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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