IOWA CITY, Iowa — A Bettendorf teen is in an intensive care unit in Iowa City after attempting a viral dance trend.
Anna Worden, 18, said all parents and teens need to hear her story.
Worden graduated from Pleasant Valley this past year. She’s been dancing since she was 3 years old.
“For us to get to this point you see today has been a long road. Its hard on all of us,” father Mike Worden said as his daughter attempted to walk a few steps around her hospital room.
This is not where Anna pictured she’d end up simply because of what happened one night she was driving around town with friends on July 23.
“We were over by the round-about, and I thought it would be a fun idea to do the Kiki Challenge,” Worden said.
She’s been dancing since she was little, so she wanted to try out the newest dance fad going viral online called the “Kiki Challenge.”
Thousands of fans worldwide have been posting videos of themselves jumping out of moving cars and dancing to a Drake song. The dance challenge started in late June when a social media star posted a choreographed video and told people to learn the moves.
“I tried, and the last thing I remember was opening the door, so apparently I got out and tripped and fell and hit my head,” she said.
Still unconscious, Worden had to be airlifted to Iowa City for emergency treatment.
“I had five minutes to give her a kiss and not know what was going to happen. I will always remember that,” her father said.
Worden had a fracture in her 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 hospitals because I tried to do some little challenge everyone’s doing now, and I’m the one that got majorly hurt,'” she said.
The girl who was graceful on her feet is now re-learning to walk.
She also has a lesson to teach.
“Be more careful about the challenges and fads that are going around. It may seem fun, and it may seem easy, but at the same too, they could be so dangerous,” she said.
Worden is hoping to be discharged from the hospital on Monday. When she goes back home to Bettendorf, the road to recovery is still far from over. She will be doing outpatient physical therapy closer to home.