Teenage Girls Hospitalised with Kidney Failure after Doing 1,000 Squat Challenges

On 03/Aug/2019 / In Articles

A pair of teenage girls were rushed to hospital with kidney damage after a three hour squatting match got out of hand. Xiao Tang, 19, did over 1000 squats to be crowned champion despite admitting she was ‘not used to exercise’. She had challenged a friend to the exercise match over video chat and both refused to back down. The duo squatted for two to three hours to see who had the best stamina, before mutually giving in.
 
But their bid to out-squat each other backfired when they woke up the next day with aching legs and brown urine. Xiao told China Press: ‘This is too embarrassing to say. I was chatting with [my friend] in Guandong over the Internet. ‘We both did not want to lose and so we kept trying to beat each other’ ‘Something was wrong in the morning. ‘First of all, my leg was not only sore, but I couldn’t bend it. Then I went to the bathroom and [my] urine was brown.’
 
Xio knew her symptoms were not a good sign and sort medical treatment. She was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a serious condition caused by skeletal muscle injury. Dead muscle fibers – in this case, due to extreme levels of exercise – are released into the bloodstream, which can lead to kidney failure or even death. Her body was unable to remove waste meaning her urine became tea-coloured. Although kidney damage can be fatal, Xio managed to get treatment immediately and was  rushed by doctors to a larger hospital to be treated in intensive care, where she was hooked up to an IV drip to recover.
 
It was only then she rang her friend, and discovered  she too had been hospitalised with the same condition. Dr Bruce Cohen, a medical officer for the FBI, told Live Science getting this condition through extreme exercise is rare. He said squatting isn’t usually dangerous but it was likely the girls exerted themselves well above their physical limits. He advised: ‘Listen to your body. “Don’t be stupid.’
 

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