An 8-year-old boy from New Hampshire suffered second-degree burns on approximately 25 percent of his body after a fire stunt inspired from Youtube went horribly wrong. At the time of the accident, the boy was having a sleepover with his older brother, 10 years of age, and their cousin.
The mother, Tasha Ditucci, said she was woken up on Monday morning, January 16th to the “bloodcurdling cries and screams” of her son. She said that she only saw the extent of the damage the fire caused only when James came downstairs with burn marks covering his reddish body.
The little boy was rushed to the hospital where he received emergency care. Doctors say he cannot make use of his hands at the moment, as they are wrapped in bandages. Tasha Ditucci says the boys got the idea of playing with fire from a Youtube video where they saw other people pouring sanitizer on their hands and lighting it on fire. Unfortunately for James, though, the fire quickly spread to his shirt. However, the other boys managed to put the fire out with sheets and pillows.
Nevertheless, doctors say the situation could have been even worse. If the other boys wouldn’t have contained the fire, James Ditucci’s lungs could have been smothered. According to Merrimack Fire Department’s Assistant Chief, Brian Borneman, while alcohol burns blue, the purer the concentration, the clearer the flames are. In some cases, the flames are not even visible at all, added Borneman.
Tasha Ditucci now wants to raise awareness for other parents, so nobody has to experience her ordeal. She says that her boy became the clear example of what could go wrong while attempting to replicate stunts inspired by the internet. She also urges other parents to talk to their children about safety in regard to the materials they view online.
At the moment, James Ditucci is recovering at a Boston hospital. According to his mother, doctors are optimistic about his progress. The boy will have to spend more time at the hospital recuperating under medical professionals’ care before he will be able to return to his home in New Hampshire to be reunited with his brother.
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