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#1 Old 01-14-2007, 09:28 AM
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Woman drinks so much water she dies



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SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday.



Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.



"She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."



It was not immediately known how much water Strange consumed.



A preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death," said assistant Coroner Ed Smith.



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that's pretty sad
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This happened to my wife when she was doing a survey in the desert about 5 years ago. It really doesn't have anything to with not urinating, but the quantity of water consumed and the electrolytes that get washed out. Another reason to drink "sports drinks" and eat well when you're needing to drink a lot of flluids. FWIW - being ill and menstruation can increase your chances of getting water intoxication.
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I'm pretty sure that it is caused by not having enough sodium in your body to offset the water. That is one stupid radio station to not know that you die from water intoxication.
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It says the radio station said that contestants shouldn't risk their health if they thought they couldn't do it. Well how would they know if there was no doctor? I don't think the average person knows about water intoxication or how much water it would require in those circumstances. The radio station by even mentioning potential health risk admits knowing their was some danger in what was going on. How stupid.
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thats so terrible And Nigel, I'm so sorry to hear about your wife
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Oh, jeez - She survived! Sorry I left that part out. She got evacuated and was out of the danger zone before I even heard about it.
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All of this for a Wii?
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I read that and was thinking of posting something about it. It made me absolutely furious - with the radio station for doing this in the first place and for that woman for not knowing what she was doing.

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That is so messed up!

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I've heard of this type of thing before. The radio station should have known the possible risk before running such a contest. What a shame.
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Oh, jeez - She survived! Sorry I left that part out. She got evacuated and was out of the danger zone before I even heard about it.

Oh! lol, well thats good i must have gotten confused!
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Oh, that is disgusting. I hope they prosecute the radio station good and proper. These stupid "jackass" competitions that put the competitors in danger are just that, stupid and run by jackarses.

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Right now I feel so sorry for her family and kids. I can't imagine what they are going through right now. I hope the kids don't blame themselves since she was doing it for them according to the write up.
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I was like "I thought Nigel's wife was still alive.."
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A person with two healthy kidneys can excrete about 1.5 litres of water per hour at maximum filtration (other studies find the limit to be as little as 0.9L/h [2]). Consuming as little as 1.8 litres of water in a single sitting may prove fatal for a person adhering to a low-sodium diet, or 3 litres for a person on a normal diet.



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That's really irresponsible of the radio station to do that. They'll do anything for ratings.

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The article doesn't even state whether or not she won.

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Darwin got her...
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Darwin got her...maybe a little late.
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you know, i hate to say it, but Darwin Awards were the first thing I thought of when I saw this.

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>>Darwin got her...maybe a little late.>>



Ummm, no. The possibility of water-intoxication is not common knowledge.



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Really? I'd have thought it would be.

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not at all. I think it's safe to say most people have never heard of it, and it would never occur to them that it's at all possible...

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I was talking to a few people today about this story and only one of them knew about water-intoxication.
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I'm curious to see what the final analysis is. I've never heard of water intoxication coming on so quickly: if she was only drinking water until she couldn't hold it anymore, that doesn't seem like it could be very much. Your electrolytes have to be flushed from your system and from all cases I've heard of this takes hours of drinking and passing water.
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The article doesn't even state whether or not she won.



I don't think she was the winner.
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I'm curious to see what the final analysis is. I've never heard of water intoxication coming on so quickly: if she was only drinking water until she couldn't hold it anymore, that doesn't seem like it could be very much. Your electrolytes have to be flushed from your system and from all cases I've heard of this takes hours of drinking and passing water.



from that CNN article it says that they had 1.2L in the first hour and fifteen minutes and then moved on to larger bottles. This could easily have been over 2L in two hours. it also said she died hours after taking part in it, so it could be--the challenge ended she started going to the bathroom and didn't refuel her body with electrolytes again.



and i'm also furious with the radio station--disclaimer or not: this type of thing would be dangerous not just for those with special conditions but for all participants.
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>>Darwin got her...maybe a little late.>>



Ummm, no. The possibility of water-intoxication is not common knowledge.



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