10 months ago
Here's how Chance Ammirata, 18, whose lung suddenly collapsed describes this unpleasant experience: "It felt like I was genuinely having a heart attack." Three weeks ago he felt like his chest was 'collapsing and tightening up' so that he couldn't breathe. In the emergency room, doctors said 'his right lung had a hole in it and had collapsed.' The Typical Student team learned how this happened and what could be the cause.
What Happened To Chance Ammirata?
Ammirata recollects: "I just freaked out — they said, 'Your lung has collapsed. You have to go to surgery right now.'" The student took to Instagram to share the picture of him with the tube doctors inserted in his chest. According to the surgeon who operated to repair Ammirata's lungs, they were inflamed which could be caused by 'something he'd been inhaling.'
How Harmful Can Juul Be?
Ammirata started smoking Juul e-cigarettes about a year and a half ago at the age of 16. Today, he's blaming Juuls for causing his lung injury. As a result of his misfortune, the student started a #LungLove campaign on social media to persuade other smokers to get rid of their Juuls. Over the past several weeks, thousands of people have responded to him. Turns out, Ammirata's campaign has inspired lots of young teens to quit vaping. Some of them have had been vaping for over two years!
Can Vaping Really Cause Lung Collapse?
According to doctors, "vaping may have contributed to a small pocket in Ammirata's lung blowing out, causing the lung collapse." As for Juul, they made no comments on his case.
Currently, the CDC and state health departments are investigating "94 possible cases of severe lung illness associated with vaping" in 14 states from June 28 to Aug. 15 of this year, CBSNews reports. Still, it's unclear which brand or product the individuals used or which substance they were inhaling.
Doctors are saying their patients "don't fit anything else that we had previously worked on [or] understood about lung disease that's more typical in teens."
In the X-ray, the changes in the lung structure are clearly visible:
"A pattern that's different from what we've seen before, yes. This is throughout the entire lungs, so on the chest X-ray the whole thing looks abnormal equally throughout the entire lung."
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