Two parents are speaking out after their teenage daughter was tragically killed trying the latest social media trend.
Esra Haynes of Melbourne, Australia, had been at a sleepover on March 31 when she entered cardiac arrest.
At first, her friends thought she was having a panic attack. Little did they know, her body was beginning to shut down, according to the Australian news program “A Current Affair.”
Haynes had allegedly been “chroming” before the incident.
Popularized by social media, chroming involves huffing aerosol deodorant for a high.
Haynes was rushed to the emergency room, yet her parents were still hopeful.
“We thought we’d bring her home,” said Andrea Haynes, Esra’s mother.
After being placed on life support for eight days, her parents made the tough decision when they learned Esra’s brain was “damaged beyond repair.”
“She was put onto a bed so we could lay with her. We cuddled her until the end,” Paul Haynes, Esra’s father told “A Current Affair.”
Esra was just 13 years old when she died.
According to her parents, she had no history of chroming.
“We want to help other children not fall into the silly trap of doing this silly thing. It’s unquestionable that this will be our crusade,” the father said. “No matter how much you lead a horse to water, anyone can drag them away. It’s not something she would have done on her own. The ripple effect is that this is absolutely devastating. We’ve got no child to bring home.”
Haynes’ parents want every school to teach its students CPR, which they believe could have saved their daughter’s life.
They also advocate for aerosol manufacturers to take action accordingly.
“To me it seems that’s a pistol sitting on a shelf. We need the manufacturers to step up and really change the formulation or the propellants,” Paul Haynes said.
He also believes social media is a big part of the problem because it’s so accessible.
Esra was the youngest of four siblings.
She loved music and sports and had just been named co-captain of her team.
“She was amazing,” Andrea Haynes said. “She was beautiful, she was cheeky but she just had the most fullest heart.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.