Pennsylvania Teen Develops Lungs of A 70-Year-Old Lifetime Heavy Smoker After Vaping
Um, this vaping thing is not a joke.
A Pennsylvania teen is currently fighting for his life after his lungs became so damaged from vaping that doctors compared them to one of a 70-Year-Old lifetime heavy smoker.
Anthony Mayo, 19, was admitted into the intensive care unit of Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pa. earlier this month following doctors’ discovery that both his lungs were almost entirely blocked with solidified vaping oils, which doctors compared to bacon grease.
Due to his severe condition, doctors have told Anthony’s parents, Tanya and Keith Mayo, that a full recovery is uncertain since their son’s lungs are heavily congested and oxygen levels quickly depleting.
Now, as they hope for a miracle, Tanya is sharing photos of her son’s damaged lungs on Facebook in a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping and dissuade other parents and their children from using the e-cigarettes.
"A warning from Erie, PA for those in denial about the dangers of vaping. This is what vaping looks like when your otherwise healthy 19-year-old son is admitted into the ICU. Left lung is about 80% congested and right is about 50%, O2 level was 37! According to the doctor this is showing areas that have essentially solidified like bacon grease."
Anthony’s father, Keith, also took to Facebook to explain how something like this could even happen.
“I had to ask the doc how this happened. He said, ‘Imagine cooking bacon on the stove. It smells delicious. It tastes wonderful. When you’re done cooking, eventually you have to clean up. Well when you decide to clean up, there is white bacon grease all over. Places besides the stove.'”
“‘Well, this flavored oil in vapes is your bacon grease. The lungs are your kitchen. ‘Unfortunately, you can’t just go in and wipe everything down. It builds up until (like my son) it chokes off the airflow.'”
Anthony had only been vaping for 2 years before making a trip to the hospital after struggling to breath and feeling sick.
Geesh what a horrible situation. Prayers for full healing and recovery.