She was an otherwise healthy 18-year old. And suddenly, she lost three days in a medically-induced coma.
For three years, Maddie Nelson would vape on a daily basis. She thought of vaping as harmless, and she ‘did all the tricks, all the time’. Until she was hospitalized with a mystery illness, that is. She wound up in intensive care.
A Utah teen is sharing her story after she said vaping sent her to the ICU in a medically-induced coma. https://t.co/k5krmAmRqz
— WREG News Channel 3 (@3onyourside) August 29, 2019
“My temperature was so high, my brain just completely shut off,” she recalled. “I thought I was in the Payson hospital for one night, and I was actually there for four days.”
…“I had fat particles growing inside my lungs that were related to the glycerin in vape juice,” Nelson explained. “So then my lungs were full of fluid. They said that my chest X-rays was one of the worst they’ve ever seen.”
Doctors told Nelson she had developed eosinophilic pneumonia.
“When you inhale the moisture, it’s just creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow inside your lungs and for infection to start,” she said.
At one point, Nelson said her family thought she had passed away and “when I found that out, it just made me so sad.”
Nelson said she’s doing much better but still needs to use oxygen at night.
Add this to the stack of other mounting medical concerns surrounding vaping, — including Seizures — and this ‘safer’ alternative to smoking suddenly isn’t looking quite so innocuous after all.
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