Monday, 20 January 2014
Teenager struck down with attack of hiccups for past two months - hiccuping more than ONE MILLION times
hiccuped an average of 25 times a minute since November 20
Chris McKernan, man who has hiccuped non-stop for past two months
A teenager is at his wits' end after being struck down with an attack
of the hiccups for the past two months - hiccuping more than one
Chris McKernan, 19, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, first started hiccuping
on November 20, but now two months on, he is still hiccuping at an
average of 25 times every minute.
That's an astounding 1,500 times an hour - meaning as he's awake
around 16 hours a day, hiccuping 24,000 times each day.
So, in the past 60 days he has hiccuped an astonishing 1.4m times.
The accounts manager says he is getting 'sick and tired' of it and
that he has tried 'every trick in the book' to try and get rid of
Traditional 'cures', such as sucking a lemon, standing on your head,
drink water upside down, breathing into a plastic bag, getting a scare
and eating a huge spoonful of peanut butter, have failed to work.
The teen said: "Everyone gets annoyed or laughs at me (when I can't
"My girlfriend doesn't seem to mind, but it would be better for
everyone if they went."
Doctors have failed to cure the problem after prescribing him acid
relieving tablets, which did nothing to help.
The world record for hiccups was set by American Charles Osborne, who
had hiccups for an astonishing 68 years - hiccuping regularly from
1922 until 1990 and nothing up an estimated 430m hiccups.