"So apparently I got out and tripped and fell and hit my head."
An Iowa teenager had to be airlifted to the hospital after attempting a dance challenge that has gone viral on the internet.
Anna Worden, an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, was driving around town with her friends on July 23 when she jumped out of a moving car at a roundabout. Her ambition was to dance alongside the car while her friends filmed her.
Since June, thousands of mostly young people have uploaded videos to social media of themselves performing similar shenanigans to rapper Drake's hit song "In My Feelings" a
"So apparently I got out and tripped and fell and hit my head," she said.
Worden was rushed to the hospital in Bettendorf and then flown by helicopter to Iowa City, where she was placed in intensive care and given emergency treatment for a fractured skull, blood clots in her ear, and bleeding in her brain.
"When we got here and I finally gained consciousness in the ICU, that's when it hit me like wow, I'm actually in the University of Iowa hospital because I tried to do some little challenge everyone's doing now, and I'm the one that got majorly hurt," said Worden.
Having danced from early childhood and on the Pleasant Valley High School dance team, Worden is now relearning how to walk.
"For us to get to this point you see today has been a long road. It's hard on all of us," her father, Mike Worden, said last week as she attempted to take a few steps around her hospital room.
The spate of motorists recklessly abandoning their cars recalled previous ill-advised social media challenges, including the consumption of Tide Pods laundry detergent and the snorting of condoms.
Anna Worden was slated to be released from the hospital last Monday so she could continue physical therapy from home. She
"Be more careful about the challenges and fads that are going around," Worden said. "It may seem fun, and it may seem easy, but at the same too, they could be so dangerous."
Pluralist has reached out to Worden for an update on her recovery.