A 13-year-old girl was hospitalized for more than two weeks after suffering a third-degree burn while trying to mimic a video she saw on social media. Her family is speaking out in case they can help. from happening to others
Destini Crane, from Portland, Oregon, severely burned her neck and right arm. and had to undergo skin grafting three times. After her family believed she was trying to copy videos on popular video app TikTok
The incident took place May 13 in the bathroom at their home, her sister Andrea Crane told ABC News. Destini is currently unable to speak to tell them what happened. But based on what they found in the bathroom and after talking with her friends, they believed the 7th graders “lived for TikTok,”; her mother said. Trying to copy a TikTok video that someone draws using Flammable liquid on glass and then set on fire.
Destiny brought candles, lighters and bottles of alcohol into the bathroom. which they believe exploded in a poorly ventilated area. Set her and other objects on fire, her sister said. When they pulled over Destini’s phone, TikTok was still recording the video, her mother Kimberly Crane told ABC News.
“I was in the living room talking to my mother. And I could hear her shouting my name,” Kimberly Crane recalls. “So I went to open the bathroom door and everything was on fire. Destini caught on fire. Everything in the bathroom caught on.”
Kimberly Crane took her daughter outside and finally pulled her burning shirt off, she said. Neighbors called 911.
Destini has been in the ICU ever since. And her family hopes that she will soon be able to move to the combustion chamber for further care. It would take her several months to recover. This included inpatient rehabilitation to re-use her arms and mobility in her neck, shoulders and fingers. said her sister
“Because of the burn She will have limited mobility,” says Andrea Crane. “That’s going to happen throughout her life in rehab to maintain her mobility.”
Her family said Destini was taking painkillers and they believed she knew she was in the hospital but didn’t fully understand what happened to her.
“I know when you wake up and fully understand. She must have lost her mind,” said her mother, “but really, I think she was strong enough to get through it.”
The family say their church and Destini’s school have been supported since the incident happened. Andrea Crane, a student at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, has moved home to help take care of her sister, who enjoys skateboarding and Play online Roblox games.
“We have always been our unit,” she said. “Staying in Monmouth was not an option for me. With a desire to be here and my family needs me.”
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“I’m not with you,” says Andrea Crane. “When she shows me TikToks, and when she shows me what she’s doing, I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m busy’ or ‘I’m doing my homework.'”
“It is very important to be with your children because we can check them. We have parental controls. We can do whatever we want, but things get through,” she said, “and so it’s really important to be with your kids and be transparent. ‘Hey, how are you doing, what are you doing right now?'”
The minimum age for TikTok is 13, according to the app’s Terms of Service.
Internet Matters, an online safety organization for children. suggest that teenagers It might be tempted to take a risk to get more followers or likes on a video. So it’s important to talk about what they share.”
Common Sense Media recommends that parents share their accounts with children over 13 so they can “Keep an eye on what your child is viewing and posting.”
Parents can restrict potentially inappropriate content for all users by enabling “Restricted Mode” on their account.
ABC News has contacted TikTok for comment.
Among the so-called skull-destroying reports last year It was a prank that seriously injured some children. TikTok said in a post to the newsroom: “We do not allow content that supports or reproduces dangerous challenges that could lead to injury.”
“More importantly We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior, whether online or offline,” the company said. “Nobody wants their friends or family to get hurt by filming a video or trying to show off.”