Teen seriously hurt in 'duct tape challenge'

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 07:28:38-05

(KIRO, CNN NEWSOURCE) Skylar Fish has had a lot of time to think as a nurse removes 48 staples from his head. Though he's in some pain, he's not complaining.

"I'm just actually really lucky to be even alive," Fish says.

Pictures show how seriously the 14-year-old was injured doing what's known as the "duct tape challenge."

A quick search on YouTube and several videos pop up. The goal: To break free from the duct tape.

"When I think about it, it seems like I was hit by a car," Fish says.

Fish doesn't remember much from that day. He and two buddies had gone to Renton Academy on a Saturday where they had duct taped his arms and legs.

"When he fell, he hit the corner of the window frame. It crushed his whole eye socket. When his eye socket was crushed, it pinched off nerves in his eye," Skylar’s mother Sarah Fish says.

Fish doesn't know if he'll ever get his vision back in that eye. His head also slammed into the concrete causing a brain aneurysm.

"It was really scary, like just seeing my son like this,” Sarah says.

She now wants to warn others about the duct tape challenge. "I want people to stop and think that there are so many risks to any of these challenges. They're dangerous."

As fish prepares to head off to Seattle Children's Hospital for the rest of his recovery-- he told me he wants something good to come out of this. "Teach other kids not to do it. When I think about it, like I become sad. And then like really happy. Because like I'm happy because like I survived it. Like, I almost died."