Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

"Thumb-Blowing" Puts Cornish Schoolboy in a Coma

news-logo.jpg
Submit this page to redditDelicious

11:33am 12th July 2013
(Updated 11:33am 12th July 2013)

The parents of a Cornish schoolboy have revealed how he had to be put into a coma after a prank went badly wrong.

Sam Thomas was rushed to hospital after he and his mates tried an internet craze called "thumb-blowing."

The 12 year old from St Columb Minor passed out and hit his head on a tree after making himself hyperventilate and applying pressure to his chest.

He managed to walk back to school but later suffered pins and needles, black-outs and collapsed.

Sam is OK now, but parents Celia and Rob wanted to use his story to raise awareness of the dangers.

When Rob got to the school, he said his son looked like he was shutting down.

He said: "I picked him up and he had no blue in his eyes, they were all black. "There was nothing I could do to help him.

"I'm a trained fire-fighter and have seen all sorts of things but my first aid training couldn't help.

"He didn't know who I was, he couldn't talk, couldn't walk.

"We went to the doctors' and they called an ambulance.

"They needed to know more about what happened as they were really worried.

"As only one person can go in the ambulance Celia went to Treliske with him and I went to the school to find out more about what happened from his friends.

"By the time Sam got to Treliske he was a different man."

Sam, who is a keen sportsman, says there are only a few details he can remember from the incident, but wants to warn other children not to try it: "It was all a bit scary and I would definitely say to others not to bother doing it."

Celia said: "He needed neurological rest but they couldn't assure us he was going to be okay.

"We didn't know if he was going to wake up knowing us.

"It was a long 36 hours, we sat there waiting to see whether he would come round.

"The care he received was unbelievable.

'The consultants, the nurses, they were all brilliant.

"It was a long old night.

"The next day they came to wake him but he took a while to come round and he didn't talk for a while."

Danni from Bude has seen some of her friends try thumb-blowing: "It is really dangerous but I wouldn't ever do it. People in my school did it a couple of times and they were fine. Loads of people do it and then they pass out and then they go to first-aid and stuff, because they feel really ill."

Sam's family have said he is recovering, but say it will be a slow process.

Parenting expert Sue Atkins, said: "Really the thing to be doing is to be involved in your child's life. Chat and be involved in their lives, and I don't mean like an inquisition. It's there to be curious, inquisitive and interested in their lives, so that perhaps you might be aware of what they're doing."

Sue added that crazes can spread quickly online, especially on social media.

She said: "things go out so quickly and can get picked up virally so quickly that parents don't even know of these things, and why would we? People try it and probably put up a video of themselves doing it unfortunately, and get masses of hits, so it creates a buzz."

11:33am 12th July 2013

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
Most read
dobwalls fire 1

PHOTOS: Firefighters battle huge scrapyard blaze

Crews expect operation to continue 'well into Friday'

police tape 3

Paramedics called to main road crash

A car rolled and was smoking near Callington

Top articles

BREAKING: Crash blocks A39 in Cornwall

Cornwall News: A car's reportedly overturned near Wadebridge

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

David Cameron buys luxury hut for writing but his children have other ideas

National News: While Theresa May grapples with Brexit and fights to win a General Election, her predecessor has pressing matters of his own to get to grips with.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Swayze's Dirty Dancing jacket sells for £48,000 despite niece's call to stop auction

Showbiz News: A leather jacket that Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze wore in the film Dirty Dancing has sold for $62,500 (£48,260).

Five people killed as three tornadoes hit eastern Texas

World News: Five people have been killed and dozens more injured after tornadoes swept through eastern Texas.

RESPECT! Best Twitter reactions to Joshua victory over Klitschko

Sports News: The biggest heavyweight fight in over a decade had something for everyone, but in the end it was Anthony Joshua who finally turned things around for good in the 11th round.

Newer article

Seagulls 'Lured To Their Death' In St Ives

Cornwall News: One woman has told Pirate FM youngsters are throwing food in front of cars as the birds swoop, and they are being killed

Older article

Demand Forces Liskeard Foodbank To Switch Premises

Cornwall News: Organisers say the number of people asking for help has rocketed by forty percent in a year

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.