20-year old Chris Staniforth, a UK man has died from a blood clot after participating in a marathon 12-hour online session playing on his Xbox console. 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.
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.
His father David has now sent out a plea to other parents to protect their children from the dangers of playing computer games. He 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.'
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. '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.
DVT is a blood clot that develops in one of the deep veins in the body usually occurring in the leg or lower torso. It causes pain and swelling which can lead to serious complications if the blood clot breaks off into the bloodstream. If this happens, it can cause a fatal blockage to the lungs known as a pulmonary embolism.
DVT is usually a result of long periods of inactivity such as sitting on a long-haul flight although our increasingly sedentary lifestyles has lead to a rise in cases.
[Source: The Daily Mail]