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Everything in Moderation, Even Water

I love a catchy title, but this one will go down in infamy - "Hold your wee for a Wii." A Sacramento radio contest for Nintendo's full body video game, Wii, ended in tragedy when one contestant died from drinking too much water.

To win a video game contestants were given bottles of water to drink and the last one to empty his or her bladder would win a Wii.

MSNBC is reporting that while no one knows exactly how much water contestant Jennifer Strange, 28, consumed her autopsy indicates death from water intoxication.

Normal brain function is disrupted when the body's balance of electrolytes is pushed outside of safe limits by a very rapid intake of water creating what is know as water intoxication. If water enters the body more quickly than it can be removed, body fluids are diluted and a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance occurs.

My heart goes out to Strange's three children -- she was hoping to win the game for them.

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LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
That's horrible, especially for her kids, I mean if I were them and I knew that my mom had died trying to win a Wii for me I'd feel awful, ugh that's so unfair.
Alleigh Alleigh 10 years
Wow...this is just a crazy and sad story. My thought go out to her family!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
i heard it on the radio this morning too, the dj invovled was such a jerk! i mean people were warning him and he was like, yeah whatever. Apparently 11 people got fired but that doesnt really replace the lost life. so sad.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Yeah, I heard the whole clip on the radio this morning and like 4 times, someone said "They could die!" They kept making jokes like "Is anyone dead yet?" Eerie and sad! While the people did sign the waiver to be in the contest, I would expect that the radio station would do just a little bit of research to see if, you know, someone would DIE from their stunt. Also, they should have had paramedics nearby. If they had, they would have noticed how ill she was at the end and treated her, instead of sending her home to die. Mnpls DJ who played the clip said they wouldn't have to fire him because he would never work in radio again if one of his dumb games killed someone. I do feel very sorry for her kids!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
The worse part of this is reading the transcripts. A nurse called the show to warn them about water intoxication. The DJ's just laughed and said they signed waivers so "we're ok". The show has been cancelled effective immediately. That won't bring back the life that was loss over a stupid contests. She was a mother of 3.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
So basically, everything in moderation.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
Kjell, I heard that story too! Also, there are a couple of kids who have died from hazing-type incidents where they had to chug water.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Kjell Kjell 10 years
I heard about this. very messed up. I also heard a story about a girl who was on E and her parents found out and knew that it could cause dehydration so they forced her to drink a lot of water and she died from water intoxication. Too much water is definetly not a good thing. I think a good rule of thumb in general is to drink water when you're thirsty.
SLB SLB 10 years
That was just way to depressing.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
My mom told me about this yesterday and I thought this contest was the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Lots of people before have died from jugging water. It was definitely stupidity on part of the contest holders and the people who signed up for it. Why risk your life for a game???!?!?!?!!
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
HOLY CRAP! who knew that was possible? people can ingest 50 hot dogs in one setting but not large amounts of water?
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
So sad! :( I've heard about other water intoxication situations. It's crazy to think that something like water can hurt you. ~M~
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