NJ Gov. Murphy to Undergo Kidney Surgery; The Latest In Dangerous Social Media Challenges

Sources: RLS Media; ; NBC Connecticut; NJ Patch

New Jersey governor the Honorable Governor Phil Murphy will soon undergo surgery to remove a tumor.

The governor tweeted the following at around 7:25 p.m. on February 22:

”Friends – I’ve got a tumor on my left kidney and will undergo a partial nephrectomy in early March to remove it.
The prognosis is very good and I’m profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early.
Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the words ‘You have cancer’ this year, so I’m far from alone here. It’s a situation that far too many families find themselves in. That’s why we’re fighting for them each and every day.”

New viral — and potentially fatal — social media challenges (particularly the app TikTok) are raising major safety concerns.

In Lawrence, Massachusetts, paramedics raced to a middle school after 13-year-old Kathleen DeJesus became an unknowing participant in the “skull breaker challenge.”

“I was thinking, like, I feel like I was going to die,” DeJesus said. “I was paralyzed. I fell, I had a concussion, and I was numb, I couldn’t feel my legs, my foot, my hands, nothing.”

The Skull Breaker Challenge involves three people standing in a row and jumping — with the two people on the outside try to kick the legs out from under the middle person.

DeJesus, a seventh-grader, says she still has concussion symptoms and will be in Boston Friday to see yet another doctor.

In Millburn NJ, fire department officials are warning parents about a dangerous viral “challenge” that targets kids via social media. A fire at a high school Virginia was attributed to a student trying the challenge. The student was arrested.

The Outlet or Penny Challenge involves inserting a phone charger part into an outlet, then touching a coin to the prongs.

This can cause damage to electrical systems, a fire, and serious injuries, the fire department officials say. Parents are encouraged to look out for scorched outlets around their house and to “talk to your children to let them know the incredible dangers associated with this challenge.”

A spokesperson for TikTok said a statement, “The trend(s) in question (are) violations of our guidelines, so we remove the content when it’s reported.”

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