LONG BEACH, CA – A man remains in critical medical condition after consuming a plastic figurine of the character Paimon from the popular game Genshin Impact.
Paramedics responded to the home of Jared Duong, 19, after his mother found him unresponsive. Upon presentation to the emergency ward, doctors found fragments of the statue strewn throughout his digestive tract, causing life-threatening obstructions. Although initial surgery was performed successfully, Duong remains in critical health.
Duong, an avid Genshin Impact player and TikTok user, filmed himself eating the plastic figure as a social media stunt.
Experts pin the blame of the incident on internet culture and memes, citing a popular joke of referring to Paimon as food. The joke originates from a dialogue choice found early in the game.
“It’s crazy the lengths people go to for fake internet points”, says Duong’s classmate, Allen.
Doctors are hoping that the incident will discourage social media users from further engaging in such behaviors. Similarly, health experts also advised against eating Amber’s thighs no matter how appetizing they may appear.