Michigan teen who vaped received double lung transplant

ABC News | 11/12/2019 | Staff
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A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.

Doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit described to reporters Tuesday the procedure that saved the 17-year-old's life and pleaded for the public to understand the dangers of vaping.

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The teen was admitted in early September to a Detroit-area hospital with what appeared to be pneumonia. He was transferred to Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and taken Oct. 3 to Henry Ford Hospital where the transplant was performed Oct. 15. The double lung transplant is believed to be first performed on a patient due to vaping.

Doctors found an "enormous amount of inflammation and scarring" on the teen's lungs, said Dr. Hassan Nemeh, surgical director of thoracic organ transplant at Henry Ford. "This is an evil I haven't faced before. The damage that these vapes do to people's lungs is irreversible. Please think of that — and tell your children to think of that."

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Health officials declined to release the teen's name and said he is expected to recover. They also did not specify what the teen vaped or how long he vaped.

"We asked Henry Ford doctors to share that the horrific life-threatening effects of vaping are very real!" his family said in a statement released by the hospital. "Our family could never have imagined being at the center of the largest adolescent public health crisis to face our country in decades.

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"Within a very short period of time, our lives have been forever changed. He has gone from the typical life of a perfectly healthy 16-year old athlete - attending high school, hanging out with friends, sailing and playing video games - to waking up intubated and with two new lungs, facing a long...
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