Sunday 20 August 2017

Selfie-inflicted injuries are on the up in Ireland, warn orthopaedic experts

Four patients had to be treated for selfie-induced injuries in the space of a week last summer
Four patients had to be treated for selfie-induced injuries in the space of a week last summer
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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Doctors have warned about the growing risk of deaths and injuries linked to the "selfie" craze where people take photos of themselves on their mobile phones.

Four patients had to be treated for selfie-induced injuries in the space of a week last summer in University Hospital Galway, doctors in the Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery reported in the 'Irish Medical Journal'.

Selfie mode: Kylie Jenner poses for a photo
Selfie mode: Kylie Jenner poses for a photo

The patients, who ranged between 13 to 40 years of age, suffered fractures.

A 13-year-old girl who was on a trampoline when she collided with a friend had her right hand in a cast for six weeks.

In the second case, a 17-year-old female was running along a seaside promenade and fell while attempting to take a selfie running up steps.

A 27-year-old female sports player suffered a broken bone after falling down while taking a selfie of herself and friends.

Emma Byrne takes a selfie with her team-mates
Emma Byrne takes a selfie with her team-mates

The doctors pointed to the large number of deaths linked to selfies worldwide but said they are rarely publicised.

They pointed out that the Internal Ministry of Russia recently published a 'Safe Selfie Guide' to educate the public on taking selfies.

Irish Independent

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