Hold your wee for a Wii

24Jan07

• Woman, died of water intoxication – aka hyponatremia. She was holding her wee to win a Nintendo Wii for her kids. Clever contest idea – gone downhill.

Most water intoxication is caused by hyponatremia, an overdilution of sodium in the blood plasma, which in turn causes an osmotic shift of water from extracellular fluid (outside of cells) to intracellular fluid (within cells). The cells swell as a result of changes in osmotic pressure and may cease to function. When this occurs in the cells of the central nervous system and brain, water intoxication is the result. Additionally, many other cells in the body may undergo cytolysis, wherein cell membranes that are unable to stand abnormal osmotic pressures rupture, killing the cells. Initial symptoms typically include light-headedness, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, headache and/or malaise.

This mother, competed in a radio contest [KDND 107.9, Sacramento, CA] to win a Wii for her children. She started having a headache and left the station. If she would have stayed, who knows – they might have saved her.

So tragic.

Jennifer Strange [ironic last name] – age 28.

How will her kids ever play Wii again?

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2 Responses to “Hold your wee for a Wii”

  1. I don’t think they will. I bet the impact of their mother’s death in attempting to get them this electronic device will cause them to not want to see it ever. A fun, but way too painful reminder.

  2. 2 TJ

    Wow, I would have never thought you could die from water intoxification. It looks like the station took the radio show off the air indefinitely while they sort this out with the family.


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