Facing ‘Certain Death,’ Teenager with Vaping Injury Gets Double Lung Transplant

November 13, 2019

(New York Times) – A 17-year-old boy whose lungs were irreversibly damaged by vaping received a double-lung transplant at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a lifesaving measure taken when a patient’s own lungs are diseased or damaged beyond repair and there is no other hope of survival, doctors said on Tuesday. Without the transplant, performed last month, the patient “would have faced certain death,” Dr. Hassan Nemeh, who led the surgical team, said during a news conference at the hospital. The patient’s lungs were scarred, stiffened, pocked with dead spots and extremely inflamed, he said.