Girl Overdoses When Breathing In A Helium Balloon

Submitted by: eugenius 6 years ago in Weird

Before anyone flips out, she was OK, revived, but couldn"t remember breathing in the gas.
There are 62 comments:
Male 436
Anyone who honestly thinks you can "overdose" on helium as if it`s a drug is a drating idiot
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Male 6,694
Well your not suposed to suck the whole balloon.
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Male 44
Shes not overdosing, shes oxygen deprived, you can tell by her blue lips, hyperventilating a balloon with anything in it can do that to you..
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Male 243
That`s like the first time I smoked hard cocaine. (Uncooked crack).

poo will drop you son.
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Male 369
People get high off of helium! Thats why we need to explain in detail to kids in schools what gets you high and how much (not) to use and where (not) to get some! Then we pass around samples so they know how it looks, smells and tasts!
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Male 3,076
Stupid Norwegians are stupid
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Male 2,868
"because you could fill it [the lungs] with chocolate pudding and as long as you adequately perfuse the brain and other vital organs they`ll be fine (other than massive chest congestion)."

Um, if you fill your lungs with chocolate pudding, how are you going to perfuse the brain, or any other part of the body, with oxygenated blood?
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Male 2,868
@YugureKage- dangerous? Inhaling helium is as dangerous as holding your breath. Since it`s lighter than air, it doesn`t become trapped in your lungs like liquid or heavy gasses, and since it is inert it doesn`t interact with the chemical elements that make up your body. The only danger is that you might hit your head if you fall down- luckily, this girl didn`t.
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Male 2,868
@Trypno. No, it doesn`t. Paint thinner is highly caustic, and causes massive brain damage when you huff it. Helium is inert. It doesn`t react with ANYTHING. It simply displaces the oxygen in your lungs, which can cause you to pass out if you take too many breaths of helium without taking breaths of oxygenated air in between.
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Male 848
I`ve heard of lips going blue from asphyxiation but never seen it. Thanks, stranger girl!
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Male 310
@YugureKage Uh, no, as long as you don`t take in a ton at one time (probably what this girl is) it isn`t dangerous at all. It makes your voice squeaky for a bit, and you laugh with your friends. I`ve done this at almost every party where there are balloons and never had a problem. Worst I ever had was when I took in like 2 balloons right after one another and was a bit dizzy.
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Female 65
How do you pass out right into a cabinet...
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Female 1,205
stupid people are stupid. It`s helium! A rather dangerous gas. All the kids who I knew who did this were just dumb. I don`t think it`s funny. It`s dangerous! She`s lucky that she only lost a few minutes of her memory.
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Male 269
wow you do talk funny on helium
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Male 237
Creabhain:

I guess it really bothered me that people simplified it too much.

If you say "he passed out because of _____ in his lungs" by itself you`re technically wrong because you could fill it with chocolate pudding and as long as you adequately perfuse the brain and other vital organs they`ll be fine (other than massive chest congestion).

Shortly, you technically pass out from lack of oxygen to the brain which in this case happens to be because helium blocking the alveoli in the lungs. (btw, any type of shock could cause this as well)

Either way, give the girl supplemental O2 and make sure she`s breathing and she`ll prolly wake up within 5 minutes...no big deal..
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Male 37,865
vv Yup, @ElMustache has it right. If you don`t breathe for a long time, you keel over!

@Trypno Helium is a "noble gas" and doesn`t react with much, if anything. So it`s like the opposite of paint thinner, which is highly volitile, eh?
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Male 2,402
Then the Europeans got the gall to call Americans stupid. Sheesh!
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Male 1,625
It`s lack of oxygen. Plain and simple.
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Male 2,390
woot. job security!
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Male 474
I`m curious to know whether helium reacts in the same way as inhaling something like say, paint thinner, wherein it constricts blood vessels in your brain
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Male 25,416
oxygen you need it
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Male 3,059
Overdose? More like oxygen deprivation, followed by a loss of consciousness as a result of said oxygen deprivation.

Total and complete description fail.
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Male 306
lol my friend worked at a flower shop that was attached to his apartment and he`d always have ppl over just messing around with the helium tanks in the backroom. Some kid sucked to much in and had a small seizure and passed out! We all thought he was dead! He came back after a friend did some CPR or whatever! Scariest thing I`ve ever seen!
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Male 2,294
You can`t OVERDOSE on Helium. It doesn`t react with anything in the fuc|<ing universe.

God damn. All of the noble gases are a pain in the ass to react with anything. Only Xenon has been able to react with anything, and it`s extremely heavy.
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Male 440
"You don`t pass out because something takes the place of the oxygen in your LUNGS."

If you fill your lungs with 100% helium then there is no air thus no O2 thus nothing for the red blood cells to carry to the brain thus you pass out. Correction fail.
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Male 237
Man, some of you got it all wrong...

You don`t pass out because something takes the place of the oxygen in your LUNGS. You pass out because the helium doesn`t allow your BLOOD to get oxygen saturated and thus what blood is going to your brain isn`t oxygenated and you pass out.

Same thing when you smoke cigarettes for the first time...carbon monoxide and other chemicals don`t allow enough O2 to exchange into the blood stream and thus you get a little dizzy...over time your body just compensates...

Oh and for the whole "helium will stay in your lungs if you`re upside down"...exhalation is the passive process of your diaphram relaxing and making the space smaller, thus increasing the pressure and air is going to "leak" out of the only hole which is the bronchi, trachea and ultimately your mouth and nose.
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Male 203
Triage: The Lost Art.
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Female 2,764
Geez I never had that happen and I did that all the time. I passed out once from blowing up balloons though
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Male 440
Scuba on trimix uses helium (also 2 other gases :^). That`s why they sound funny on comms.
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Male 440
To all those who seem to be worried that helium would remain in your lungs if you were upside down I would remind you that we breath in and out. Your lungs are not at the mercy of gravity. In fact CO2 makes up a lot of what we exhale and is heavier than air.
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Male 721
light headded... maybe, not passed out
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Female 803
Think it had anything to do with the actual balloon? That type never struck me as particularly safe to suck the helium out of.
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Male 535
thanks coyoteking! glad there are still some people with common sense out there
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Male 5,413
She fall down oh no
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Male 2,988
Its perfectly safe. You can`t actually kill yourself doing this. Without oxygen you will simply pass out like she did well before you suffocate. Once passed out your lungs continue to operate just like when your sleeping and the helium will be replaced with oxygen. Now if you did this, passed out and fell into a pool then you would have a problem.
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Male 532
Pedobear just went out and bought a large bunch of helium baloons.
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Male 2,441
She passed out
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Male 101
yeah that`s right camera person, don`t move.
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Male 1,249
They really need to outlaw this stuff, it`s obviously a blight on society and a danger to our children. Plus it looks like a lot of fun.
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Male 3,322
When you breath in Helium, it replaces the gas in your lungs (duh). That means that you have less Oxygen, because the Helium is there. Do that enough, and you won`t have enough room for Oxygen, and bam, you pass out. Inhale enough of it, quickly enough, and you can actually suffocate. But, as long as you`re not upside down, you`ll be OK, as the Helium eventually rises out of your system, and the Oxygen gets it`s spot back.
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Male 174
Damn you morons at IAB. That isn`t called overdosing, she just blacked out.

I once saw this happen to a guy that unzipped a float too quickly at a parade. He stood right in front of the giant zipper and fell directly backwards onto his ass lol.
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Male 498
@flashpacker

Amen brother xD
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Male 21
It`s not overdosing, it`s just that helium displaces the oxygen in your lungs, leading to passing out.
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Female 21
lmao Helium is a noble gas. It can`t really chemically react with anything, so it goes in, then leaves. Helium doesn`t stay in your system. It`s that other stuff they lace it with you need to be worried about. ;)
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Male 1,256
Story of my Saturday night!
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Male 552
lighweight.
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Male 93
this happened to me but i didnt pass out, i just felt like i weighed a tonne and struggled to move. wont be doing that again
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Male 259
I did that at my sister`s wedding. I was 11. I quickly moved on to harder things. Helium is the new gateway drug.
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Male 758
I did that once! I was drunk and pretty self-destructive when I was in the Navy. Decided to huff some of that air-duster sh-t, and passed out. Haven`t done it since...not my brightest moment.
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Male 707
Haha, rock on Norway
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Male 15,510
Something tells me this is going to be a new trend
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Male 10,339
Blue lips = first sign.
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Male 683
Hey! That happened to my sister once!
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Male 36
raph is right. after she passes out she`ll get the oxygen back into her lungs because her body will continue to breath. helium is lighter than oxygen and will go away on it`s own....unless she stands on her head of course
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Male 159
thats Norway for you!
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Male 14,334
Yes you still need that thing called oxygen.
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Male 179
That was boring, I don`t feel bad for her, and she is an idiot for doing that. Hope she learned her lesson, otherwise she has a date with the darwin awards.
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Female 383
Just LOL.
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Female 1,784
sorry for the dubble post. I should also add, it is not safe to do that. You can actually die :S
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Male 230
how is this interesting at all?
i don`t care if some idiot replaced the air in her lungs with helium. it naturally leaves the body.
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Female 1,784
wow slow reaction to saving your friend :S
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Male 1,620
Link: Girl Overdoses When Breathing In A Helium Balloon [Rate Link] - Before anyone flips out, she was OK, revived, but couldn`t remember breathing in the gas.
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