Wednesday 13 December 2017

Death of girl by #IceBucketChallenge revealed to be hoax

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A malicious Facebook link which claims to house a story of a tragic Ice Bucket Challenge has been revealed to be a hoax.

The link, entitled 'Mississippi girl dies after breaking her neck in Ice Bucket Challenge', prompted users to click a link which then shared to their pages, similar to previous malicious links on the site.

However, several news outlets picked up the story and reported that a video of teenager Therese Todd showed the death of said teen.

Therese, whose Ice Bucket Challenge went wrong when her cousin accidentally dropped the large bucket of water on her head, took to her Facebook page to dispel the rumours.

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"Hey everyone! So both the little girl and I are OKAY!"

"After the incident I went to the ER where they took a CT scan and chest x-ray because I got the wind knocked out of me and had trouble catching my breath. The tests came back normal. My back and chest are just kind of sore".

Therese insisted that her accident was not a reason for people to stop completing the challenge.

Read more: Ice bucket challenge raises over €350,000 for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

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"I don't think this is a reason for people to not do the ALS challenge, just be smart about it! You don’t need to pour 10 gallons of water on your head! lol".

"Even though it hurt, I’m glad it’s made so many people smile!"

Text MND to 50300 to donate €2 to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).

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