A nine-year-old girl is in rehab after becoming so addicted to a video game she wet herself to avoid moving and hit her father when he tried to stop her playing.
The primary school pupil became obsessed with Fortnite, which been downloaded more than 40 million times since it was launched last July.
She would secretly play the survival shooter game during the night and didn’t even get up to use the toilet because she couldn’t prise herself away from the screen.
The girl, who is now in intensive therapy to combat her addiction, would play for up to 10 hours a day. Worn out from all-night sessions, she dozed off at school.
She even lashed out at her father when he tried to confiscate her Xbox gaming console.
The girl’s mother told the Sunday People newspaper: ‘We had no idea, when we let her play the game, of the addictive nature or the impact it could have on her mental health.
‘My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game.
‘She was so hooked to the game she wouldn’t even go to the toilet.
‘This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl’s life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic.’
The girl’s parents bought her the Xbox in January and she downloaded Fornite – endorsed by numerous celebrities – soon after.