Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Woman dies from drinking too much water

By Art Shimko

-- As reported by the Associated Press a few days ago, 28-year-old mother of three Jennifer Strange died last Friday from water intoxication after she entered a contest from radio station KDND 107.9 in Sacremento to see how long contestants could refrain from taking a piss after drinking 8-ounce bottles of water every 15 minutes. Strange, who was competing for a Nintendo Wii for her kids, told her work supervisor that she was going home and that her head was hurting real bad, "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her," said co-worker Laura Rios of Radiological Associates of Sacramento.

The staff at KDND were stunned to learn of Strange's death, "We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred," said Entercom Sacramento [KDND owners] V.P. John Geary in a statement, meanwhile contestant James Ybarra told the press that participants were told if they didn't feel they could do the contest not to risk their health. Ybarra quit after five bottles and said the ones who remained were given bigger bottles of water to drink, he also had spoken to Strange, "She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids."

It's sad that someone, a mother of three no less, died from such a stupid act. I mean, radio contests always seem to have such wacky stipulations like this and I'm sure the radio station had these people sign waivers to cover the company's ass but that doesn't excuse the station from researching the potential fatality this type of activity could result in. Of course they did tell people that they shouldn't risk their health but of course people take things like this for granted not realizing the danger they can put themselves in, and frankly if you have to piss and you hold it in for long period of time... it's an unpleasent feeling, and I'm sorry but ANY MATERIAL ITEM no matter the value is NOT worth risking your life over. C'mon, isn't your life worth a helluva lot more than a fucking game console??
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