Chris Staniforth from Sheffield, lived and died for Xbox 360. And he was only 20.
Post-mortem examination revelead the true cause of death as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is a condition that used to afflict passengers on long-haul flights forced to stay in the same position for long hours. Hence DVT was also called economy class syndrome. Not anymore, even gamers like Chris, who was found out that he spent up to 12 long hours playing Halo on an Xbox 360, had been affected.
DVT happens as a blood clot in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in the legs, as what happens when you sat glued to a game battling aliens for hours and hours. Often this can occur without any symptoms. So little then anyone may know that a clot could have travelled up his lungs, causing pulmonary embolism. As what happened to a perfectly normal kid like Chris, who have no medical conditions before.
His parents does not blame Microsoft the manufacturer of Xbox, but wants to create awareness as to the danger of spending long hours immobile playing video games.
On the other hand Microsoft had issued a statement urging gamers to take frequent breaks and make use of their time in other activities.
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