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Woman dies trying to win a Wii

See link - apparently it was a drinking water competition and she died of water intoxication, where the brain swells, also known as cerebral oedema. a similar thing can happen with certain illicit drugs and a form of diabetes.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6263029.stm

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(NT) I'll refrain from making "Wii" jokes

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I felt soo bad when I read about this over the weekend...

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It's just soo bad - the Mom just wanted to get something nice for her kids! I think that contests that can cause serious conditions should be conducted under serious medical supervision or not at all... I know, I know - disclaimers and warnings can be effective and should be taken seriously...but I guess because the lady did this for her kids is what really hits me...it's just soo sad.

Karl (the med student) - any thoughts?...

Best,
Shalin

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(NT) Darwins rules rock!

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(NT) Show a wii amount of compassion

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"Darwin rules" did cross my mind...but...

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yeah, I agree with paintguru...it's hard to think about the kids not having their mom just because of a silly and dangerous contest...

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Imagine, if you can...

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I feel terrible hearing about this, I dont know what I would do if I lost my mum to a stupid competition/game induced injury. The fact that she was just trying to be the best parent she could be shakes me, I don't know about you guys.

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Wait a second...

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So trying to win a Wii makes you a good parent? Amazing what "parenting" has become I guess. I guess all those parents who try to get their kids Tickle Me Elmos are "good parents" too.

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Tickle Me Elmo

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I bought one of those way back when...and my neighbor offered me $1000 for it. I didn't sell it to her because I didn't think that was the right message to send to her kid. (not my job, of course)

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Awfully cynical of you..

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I think this is a horribly sad situation. Passing judgement without knowing about the mother or her kids is a bit unfair. Perhaps she was a poor mother whose delightful kids deserved such a gift. Perhaps she was a lazy mother who couldn't be bothered to earn the money to buy the toy for her ungrateful kids.

Most likely neither is correct, but we just don't know so making a cynical comment about the legitimacy of her being a good parent or not is perhaps insensitive.

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I can't believe this contest

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I really can not believe that the radio station was stupid enough to do this contest - and just like drinking too much alcohol the body can be severely damaged by drinking too much water. Any station, any media owner would have the smarts to have their lawyers go over any such contest. I'm sure they had the participants sign papers absolving them from all liabilities - but that doesn't make the outcome unpredictable. They should have known - or someone should have contacted a doctor - and been aware of the possible harm. In fact - I wonder if the form the participants signed was worded in a way that indicated the station was aware of the possibility of harm? For the sake of the kids who don't have a mother I certainly hope the station did an adaquate job of telling people exactly what the risks were. This reminds me of hazing deaths we see in the news from time to time.

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What about personal responsibility?

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I want a Wii but I'm not gonna risk my life for it...

I would think that it is common knowledge that water intoxication can kill you.

And yes, it's stupid of the radio station too, but there has to be some value placed on personal responsibility.

On a similar tach, a radiostation here in albany told listeners they would give you a PS3 if you gave them their kids for a week to live at the radiostation, and a lady actually called up and said she'd do it!! The contest was actually a joke, and there was a huge backlash of callers saying what an awful parent the lady was.

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The first death by wii..

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Im suprised this didnt happen earlier..but I feel bad for her..she lost her life over a 250 dollar piece of plastic...:\

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