TikTok challenge leaves teen in ICU

A teen who tried to copy a TikTok challenge has been in intensive care for two weeks after accidentally setting herself on fire.

Destini Crane, 13, was left with horror burns on her arm and neck after the highly-flammable trick went wrong.

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It is understood the seventh grader, from Portland, Oregon, was trying to draw a shape with flammable liquid on her bathroom mirror before setting it alight.

But her family believe the mix exploded, engulfing Destini in flames and leaving her with third degree burns.

Her mum found a candle, lighter and bottle of rubbing alcohol which she believes erupted in the poorly-ventilated space.

“I was in the living room talking with my mum, and I heard her scream my name,” Kimberly Crane told ABC News.

“So I went and opened the bathroom door and everything was on fire. Destini was on fire. Things in the bathroom were on fire.”

Kimberly rushed her daughter outside and took off her burning shirt while a neighbour called 911.

She was then dashed to intensive care and has not been able to speak since, with her family piecing together what happened with the help of friends.

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Destini’s mum said her daughter “lived for TikToks” and her phone was still recording footage after the horror blast.

The teen, who has had to have three skin-grafting surgeries, has been in intensive care ever since the explosion on May 13.

She is expected to need several months to recover and regain mobility in her neck, shoulders and fingers, as well as the use of her arm.

“Because of the burns she’s going to have limited mobility,” her sister Andrea Crane said.

“That is just going to be a lifelong thing, of her doing physical therapy to keep her mobility.”

The family, who want to make others aware of the danger of copying stunts online, believe Destini knows she is in hospital but does not fully understand what has happened to her.

“I know that when she wakes up and fully understands, she’s probably going to freak out,” her mum said.

The minimum age for TikTok is 13, according to the app’s terms of service.

The children’s online safety organisation Internet Matters advises that teens “may be tempted to take risks to get more of a following or likes on a video so it’s important to talk about what they share.”

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Parents can limit content that may not be appropriate for all users by enabling the “restricted mode” in the account.

TikTok said it was not aware of the challenge on its platform but a spokesperson told The Sun US: “The safety of younger teens in our community is our priority, and we want to empower families to have an open dialogue about digital safety – including through our Youth Portal, Guardian’s Guide, and Family Pairing features which enable parents to set age-appropriate content and screen time limits.

“We take our responsibility seriously as we continue to evolve our policies, apply warning labels to videos, block hashtags or redirect searches, and invest heavily in our people and technology to help keep our community safe.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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