美19歲少女抽電子菸肺爛光 發勸世文警世

又是電子菸!住在美國馬里蘭州(State of Maryland)一名19歲少女克萊兒(Claire Chung)日前因發高燒緊急住院,經檢查後發現她肺部「爛成一片白」,原來是長期以來吸食電子菸的習慣,導致她肺部嚴重病變。隨後她把自己的慘痛經歷放在IG上,警惕世人別再抽電子菸啦!

據美國Yahoo Lifestyle報導,克萊兒去年底開始發高燒,最高甚至有40度,她原以為只是單純感冒,不過聖誕節當天早上仍高燒不退,只好送往急診室治療。醫生發現克萊兒肺部有發炎現象,進一步掃描後,發現更驚人的景況。

克萊兒表示:「正常的肺部經過X光掃描後應該是黑色的,但我的卻是完全渾濁而且發白。」醫生原判定她的肺部應該遭到嚴重的細菌感染,直到克萊兒坦承自己有抽電子菸的習慣,一切才真相大白。

儘管兩片肺葉已經白到看不見,克萊兒卻沒有出現任何呼吸道病症,像是呼吸急促、咳嗽、氣喘、胸痛或胸悶等現象;而且就連醫生都未曾看過這樣的病例。醫生唯一可以確定的是:「再晚一步,克萊兒恐怕將喪失生命。」。

嚇到皮皮剉的的克萊兒,根本不知道電子菸的「威力如此強大」,連忙把自己爛肺照PO到IG上,告誡世人趕快戒掉電子菸。她的警世文立馬引發網友回饋,目前已有數百條留言,以及25萬個讚。

根據美國疾病管制與預防中心(CDC)表示,主要是因為黑巿電子菸產品含有竹人山大大量的微生物素毒素「醋酸鹽維他命E」(vitamin E acetate),是造成肺部損失的罪魁禍首。

現在克萊兒還在恢復中,對於自己的PO文大受歡迎感到欣慰,「我很感激有很多人花時間看我的悲慘故事,我很遺憾沒有早點戒菸,希望大家看到PO文可以有動力戒菸。」(艾以琳/綜合外電報導)

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Please share this post with anyone who uses a juul, vape, e-cig, wax/oil cartridges, etc. For the past 3 weeks, I had a consistent high fever of 104 with no other symptoms whatsoever. From this, we assumed the flu or a cold so after a couple weeks of taking OTC meds with nothing helping, I went to get checked out further. After considerations of malaria, autoimmune disorders, and many many other tests, a chest x-ray showed what they though was slight pneumonia in the lower area of my left lung. After being on two antibiotics for 48 hours, the fevers were still spiking to 104, so I went into the ER on Christmas morning. I was hospitalized and given iv fluids and antibiotics. Between the emergency, infectious disease, and pulmonary departments, they exhausted all tests and options and still nothing was helping. a CT scan of my lungs was ordered and it revealed extremely disturbing results. Healthy lungs on a scan should be black. My 19 year old lungs were completely hazy and white in the scans, entirely covering both lungs. I was taken by ambulance to be admitted into more intensive care. They couldn’t determine whether the scans were showing fluid, blood, bacteria, infection, etc. so they were still unable to actually treat the cause of my symptoms. After conducting many more tests and a bronchoscopy, it was determined that there was no infection and that my lung tissue was just completely destroyed from using juuls and vapes and oil cartridges. Not only is there severe damage in my lungs, but from when I started school to when I graduate, my only break was this month of December. That means if this had happened a couple of weeks earlier or a couple of weeks later, I would not have had access to healthcare and this would never have been caught. In that case, I would most likely be DEAD within the next month. Please take it from personal experience that this is NOT worth it from something as stupid as a nicotine device. The stories that you’re hearing online are REAL. Death was a VERY real possibility, I am still hospitalized on a laundry list of iv drugs and steroids, I may have permanent scarring in my lungs, and it’s all because of juuls and carts.

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In regards to my last post…. These are my chest CT scans in comparison to how normal, healthy scans should look. My bronchial tubes are EXTREMELY inflamed beyond belief and all the white haziness (which should be black and clear on a healthy scan) is damaged tissue. When the pulmonologist came to me with the results, he was in complete shock. He genuinely had no reaction other than “wow.” This is a lung specialist who looks at diseased scans everyday for a living telling a NINETEEN year old girl that he’s never seen anything like this before. Because there is no research on juuls/carts/vapes, they could see all this damage but could not treat it. The doctors couldn’t tell whether this was blood, fluid, bacteria, a virus, inflammation, etc. Basically, the treatment for some would kill me if it was another. I could hear the tension and apprehension in every one of my doctors voices of not knowing whether or not they could help me or if I was going to live or die. The scariest part is that even with the extent of the damage, I never once felt any of it. I never experienced any shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest pain, or ANY signs respiratory distress or issues. It is truly a SILENT killer. Just because you can’t feel it doesn’t mean it’s not happening. You don’t understand regret until your doctors are staring you in the face telling you they don’t know if they can save your life, knowing in your head that you willingly brought it upon yourself despite countless warnings to stop.
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