DETROIT – A 17-year-old boy is believed to be the first person in the United States with vaping-related injuries to receive a double lung transplant, doctors said during a news conference Tuesday.
The boy, whose family described him as a student athlete who loves sailing and playing video games with friends, underwent transplant surgery Oct. 15, after more than a month of hospitalization at three Detroit hospitals.
“This teenager faced imminent death had he not received a lung transplant,” said Dr. Hassan Nemeh, surgical director of thoracic organ transplant at Henry Ford Hospital, who was among the team of doctors who performed the boy’s surgery.
E-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury, also referred to as EVALI, has sickened more than 2,000 people in the U.S. since March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Another Vaping Related Death
Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported the first vaping-related death in South Carolina, WHNS reports.
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