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Wash. teen needs 48 stitches after ‘duct tape challenge’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 9:46 AM

Looks like he lost the challenge.

A Washington teenager who thought it was wise to take the so-called “duct tape challenge” — a troubling trend of people wrapping themselves in the tape and trying to break free — ended up needing 48 staples in his head and has been recovering in a hospital for more than a week.

With his hair ripped out and one eye shut from his injuries, 14-year-old Skylar Fish told KIRO Monday he had tried the stupid stunt several times before with his friends. Those times, he and his buds used the tape to tie each other to poles, he said.

But on Jan. 16, he allowed his friends to wrap him up while he was standing up, as seen in surveillance footage of the challenge.

The duct tape, ironically, didn’t directly bring Fish harm. Instead, he fell while attempting to break out of it — and hit his head on a window frame, then smashed onto concrete, crushing his left eye socket and causing a brain aneurysm, his mother said.

Fish said he doesn’t know if he’ll ever get his vision in that eye back.

Skylar Fish, 14, has been recovering in a hospital for more than a week. KIRO

Skylar Fish, 14, has been recovering in a hospital for more than a week.

Enlarge The teen needed 48 stitches in his head after falling onto a window frame and concrete. KIRO

The teen needed 48 stitches in his head after falling onto a window frame and concrete.

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Skylar Fish, 14, needed 48 stitches in his head and crushed an eye socket after falling onto a window frame and concrete.

He doesn’t remember much from that day, he said, but the fall made him feel like he was “hit by a car.”

The Renton teen said he’s “lucky to be alive,” and hopes his horrific injuries will convince other people to not even consider trying the challenge at home.

“Teach other kids not to do it,” he said.

“When I think about it, like, I become sad, and then really happy. I’m happy because I survived it. I almost died.”

Authorities did not press any charges for the adverse antic, deeming it an accident.

Footage of the "duct tape challenge" that led to Skylar Fish's fall.KIRO

His mother, Sarah Fish, started a $ 5,000 GoFundMe page for her son’s recovery.

“Like most teens, Sky liked to do fun things with his friends that he didnt always like to tell me about, for fear of mom not letting him,” she wrote on the page.

“Today, there are so many ‘challenges’ going around on social medias. Some are harmless, but most of them are really dangerous!”

A YouTube search for “duct tape challenge” yields more than 232,000 videos of people attempting the act, with most of the clips posted within the past year.

jsilverstein@nydailynews.com

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