Rueters, 29 August 2014. New York. 2109 hours.
By Juno Kuttigranchu
In a potentially world-record-breaking Ice Bucket Challenge, a couple in New York dumped a pan of ice water on their newborn daughter in the delivery room, as soon as the umbilical cord was cut.
The couple, Adam and Eve Gehrig, said that they had been motivated by watching YouTube videos of other couples including their own children in the ice bucket challenge. Some of those children were as young as two.
“We’ve been seeing videos online of people encouraging their kids to do their bit in the challenge,” Adam, 28, said. “We thought that if we’re going to do it, we might as well try for a world record here.”
“We saw that the other couples say that their kids wanted to take part in the challenge,” his wife, Eve, 26, added. “Of course, our daughter is too young to talk, but we’re quite certain she’d have agreed if she could.”
Authorities from the Guinness Book of World Records said they’d look into whether it was possible to register a new record for the baby, who has yet to be named.
Reaction on the net was varied. While a few people condemned the act as a “stunt”, others called these people “killjoys” and commended the Gehrigs for their “bold and courageous” act. Still others, however, lamented that the couple had set a record that would prove impossible to break.
One pregnant woman, who requested that her name should not be used at this time, told this writer that she was seriously considering having a Caesarian operation in the eighth month of her pregnancy so that the foetus could be ice bucketed inside the womb. “They could sew it up back again inside me, right?” she asked. Doctors, however, said that it was unlikely that this would be permitted. Reaction online was also fairly negative, with respondents saying that the blood would be “icky”.
The ice bucket challenge involves challenging people to dump icy water on their heads, and post videos of the deed online, or pay $100 to the research against motor neurone disease. It has attracted a lot of attention from celebrities, and been called a “brilliant marketing ploy.” Other fund-raisers have been watching it with admiration.
“We’re planning a new challenge, called the Rubber Hammer Challenge,” one such
Asked what that cause was, the fund-raiser said it was research into the effects of cerebral concussion.