[ti:Teenager Who Vaped Received Double Lung Transplant]
[00:00.04]Health officials in the United States reported last week on what they believe could be a medical first.
[00:08.76]Officials said doctors performed what could be the first double lung transplant
[00:15.03]on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping.
[00:20.84]The operation reportedly saved the life of a teenager from the state of Michigan.
[00:28.68]The young man was admitted in early September to a Detroit-area hospital
[00:34.20]with what appeared to be pneumonia, a common lung infection.
[00:40.64]The teen was later sent to Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
[00:47.40]On October 3, he was transported to Henry Ford Hospital,
[00:52.35]where the transplant was performed 12 days later.
[00:57.52]Hassan Nemeh is surgical director of thoracic organ transplant at Henry Ford Hospital.
[01:05.44]He told The Associated Press that the damage done to the teenager's lungs from vaping could not be undone.
[01:14.96]He warned parents to think about that and to tell their children to do so as well.
[01:22.20]Health officials did not release the patient's name.
[01:26.06]But they did say he is expected to recover.
[01:31.44]They also did not say what product the teenager vaped or how long he vaped.
[01:38.92]The hospital released a statement written by the teen's family.
[01:44.11]It said, "We asked Henry Ford doctors to share that the horrific life-threatening effects of vaping are very real!
[01:53.84]Our family could never have imagined being at the center
[01:58.32]of the largest adolescent public health crisis to face our country in decades."
[02:05.80]More than 2,000 Americans who vape have gotten sick since March.
[02:11.92]Many of them are teenagers and young adults.
[02:16.56]At least 40 people have died.
[02:21.56]Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
[02:26.91]reported a discovery into what might be causing people who vape to become sick.
[02:34.32]They identified the chemical compound vitamin E acetate as a "very strong culprit."
[02:42.44]Researchers found the chemical compound in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients.
[02:50.68]In other studies, Vitamin E acetate was found in liquid
[02:55.72]from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices.
[03:01.24]Many who got sick said they had vaped liquids that contain THC,
[03:07.48]the part of marijuana that creates what is known as a "high."
[03:13.88]Many of those patients said they received the liquids from friends or bought them unlawfully.
[03:22.44]E-cigarettes and other vaping devices heat a liquid into a gas or vapor.
[03:29.72]Most products contain nicotine, but THC vaping has been growing more common.
[03:38.12]Dr. Lisa Allenspach is a lung specialist and medical director of Henry Ford's Lung Transplant Program.
[03:47.64]She told The AP, "Vaping-related injuries are all too common these days.
[03:54.38]Our adolescents are faced with a crisis."
[03:59.24]She added that vaping products should not be used in any way.
[04:06.04]Dr. Nemeh said the 17-year-old patient's case does not open any new ethical considerations
[04:12.99]about transplants for people who severely damage their own lungs by vaping.
[04:19.80]He added, "We hope sharing this patient's story prevents anyone else
[04:25.45]from experiencing a vaping injury that would require a transplant."
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