Eggnog-chugging contest lands man in hospital for 3 days

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UTAH COUNTY, Utah – One office party in Utah ended with a man in the hospital.

According to KSL, Ryan Roche almost drowned chugging eggnog.

“I think it was one of those spur of the moment things,” Roche said.

At his holiday office Christmas party, one of Roche’s colleagues called him out to compete in an eggnog-chugging contest.

“I decided that I was going to do it, and I’m gonna win,” Roche said.

The record at that point was 22 seconds.

Roche went up against two co-workers for a Ruth’s Chris Steak House gift card.

“I just opened up my throat, didn’t even swallow,” Roche told KSL. “I pretty much poured it down.”

In just 12 seconds, Roche drank a quart of eggnog without taking a breath.

“I got done, and I was gasping, I couldn’t breathe,” he said.

Roche coughed a lot, but he thought he would be okay.

However, a couple of hours later he wasn’t so sure.

“I was pretty much shaking uncontrollably,” he said. “I was shaking so badly, I was nauseous, and my breathing became a pant,” he said.

A friend in medical school checked on him and took him to the hospital.

He had aspirated the eggnog into his lungs and was essentially dry drowning.

“They pretty much had to wheelchair me in, double IV, oxygen, and hooked me up to what they call the nuclear weapon of antibiotics,” he said.

The liquid in his lungs was starting an infection.

He spent 24 hours in intensive care with a fever, sweats and chills.

According to KSL, on day three in the hospital, doctors took him off oxygen and he went home.

Roche did win the contest, but at a price.

“Not only do I get a Ruth’s Chris gift card, but I got a three-night stay in the hospital,” Roche said.


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