Girl, 13, recovering after 'choking game' incident

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE) -- A Twin Cities mother is hoping her story is a reminder to other parents about the seriousness of the "choking game."

"It's no game at all," says Devolia Wilson. "I'm raising awareness so your child isn't in the position my child is in."

With friends on Wednesday, Wilson's 13-year-old daughter, Rajahnae, played the "choking game." On Thursday she felt "dizzy and shaky" then late Thursday night had a massive, seizure-like episode.

"I raced home at 100 miles per hour," said Wilson. "I walk inside and see her like that. It was not good."

After spending nearly two days in intensive care, she's now recovering at Children's Hospital in St. Paul, but is still experiencing some "twitching."

"What happens is kids are cutting off blood supply to the brain for a euphoric response," said Dr. Gigi Chawla at Children's Hospital. "It can cause seizures, brain damage or can be fatal."

Rajahnae's school, Edgewood Middle School, released a letter to parents reminding them to have a conversation with their children about the "choking game." The letter said it can also be called the "fainting game" or even "space monkeys."

Devolia Wilson wants parents to know, too.

"Explain to them that it's not a game," she said. "You could get seriously hurt. This has been very traumatic."

A non-profit organization called GASP is also helping to get the word out.


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