Dr Hilmi: ‘Pass-Out Game’ Can Cause Brain Death

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GEORGE TOWN, Oct 14 – The “pass-out game”, which involves applying enormous pressure to the chest until the person is rendered unconscious is dangerous and can cause brain death, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya. He advised students against playing the game as it could be fatal.

“Never, never press the chest, even if the friend wants to have fun. When the chest is pressed, cannot breathe, oxygen cut off. In five minutes, when oxygen is cut off from the brain, the brain can die. Do not ever do that,” he told reporters after opening the ‘Persatuan Rakan Niaga Strategik Negeri Pulau Pinang’ here today.

Dr Hilmi was commenting on a YouTube video of three teenage boys performing the stunt. The video shows two boys pressing their friend’s chest for about five seconds until the friend suddenly became unconscious. The two boys panicked for a while but resumed laughing when their friend recovered. — Bernama

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