AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Ethiopian community members will gather outside Children’s Hospital on Monday to pray for 12-year-old Joshua Haileyesus. Haileyesus is in critical condition after trying a game called the “Blackout Challenge” which dares participants to choke themselves until they lose consciousness.
On Monday, March 22, Joshua’s twin brother found him unconscious and not breathing on the bathroom floor.READ MORE: SWAT Standoff Underway In Westminster With Wanted Suspect Raymond Quintana
“His twin brother is devastated and misses him very much and can only talk about bringing him home,” organizers told CBS4.
The communal prayer gathering will be from 6-7 p.m. on the lawn of Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.READ MORE: Colorado Restaurant Association Stands Up For Small Restaurants Amid Changing Health Guidelines
“Joshua has a love for people that you wouldn’t expect in a child. Since he was very young, he always expressed compassion for others,” a family representative said.
“He would pray for people who were sick, stand up for others who were bullied at school, and practice CPR in case he ever needed to save someone else’s life.”MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: Health Experts Hopeful Despite New Wave Of Hospitalizations
Now, they are praying for his recovery and warning others in the community about the danger of the “game.”