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Story by Maggie Elliot - The Oregon Herald
Published on Monday May 31, 2021 - 12:57 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - A 13-year-old Oregon girl was hospitalized after she suffered severe burns while trying to attempt a TikTok challenge, her family said.

Destini Crane, of Portland was severely burned on her neck and right arm and undergone three skin-grafting surgeries after her family believes she was trying to copy a video on the popular video app TikTok.

The incident happened on May 13 in their home's bathroom, her sister, Andrea Crane, told ABC News. Destini is currently unable to speak to tell them what happened. But based on what they found in the bathroom and after talking to her friends, they believe the seventh grader who "lived for TikToks," her mother said -- was trying to copy a TikTok video in which someone draws a shape using a flammable liquid on a mirror and then lights it on fire.

Destini brought a candle into the bathroom with a lighter and bottle of rubbing alcohol, which apparently exploded in the poorly ventilated space, setting Destini on fire. When they retrieved Destini's phone, TikTok was still recording video, her mother, Kimberly Crane, said.

Destini Crane with her mother, Kimberly Crane, in an undated photo.

"I was in the living room talking with my mom, and I heard her scream my name," Kimberly Crane recalled. "So I went and opened the bathroom door and everything was on fire. Destini was on fire. Things in the bathroom were on fire."

She was 'in flames from her knees to her hair', her mother said. 'It was a 'fire challenge'

Destini has been in the intensive care unit ever since, and her family is hoping she will be able to move to the burn unit soon for further care. She will likely need several more months to recover, including inpatient rehabilitation to regain use of her arm and mobility in her neck, shoulders and fingers, her sister said.

"Because of the burns she's going to have limited mobility," Andrea Crane said. "That is just going to be a lifelong thing, of her doing physical therapy to keep her mobility."

Destini has been on pain medication, her family said, and they believe she knows she is in the hospital but doesn't fully comprehend what happened to her.

"I know that when she wakes up and fully understands, she's probably going to freak out," her mother said. "But honestly I think that she's strong enough to get through it."