Seorang remaja dari Maryland, Amerika Serikat, baru-baru ini membagikan di Instagram gambar dirinya terdampar di ranjang rumah sakit, berbagai tabung terpasang di tubuhnya. Alasan di balik kondisinya? Rokok elektrik atau e-rokok.

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Wanita itu, Claire Chung, menulis di situs sosialnya untuk menyebarkan kesadaran tentang beratnya komplikasi yang terjadi dalam merokok e-rokok. Dia menambahkan bahwa meskipun kemungkinan hidupnya diselamatkan pada akhirnya, kerusakan di paru-parunya tidak dapat dihindarkan.

Semuanya berawal ketika Claire tiba-tiba terkena demam tinggi selama tiga minggu berturut-turut. Awalnya, dia mengira itu hanya demam biasa, tetapi obat yang dia minum tidak menunjukkan tanda-tanda pemulihan.

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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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Dengan kondisi kesehatannya yang memburuk dengan cepat, Claire memutuskan untuk pergi ke ruang gawat darurat rumah sakit. Sayangnya, jauh dari keputusasaannya, dokter tidak dapat menemukan penyebab rasa sakitnya. Serangkaian rontgen dilakukan pada paru-parunya, setelah itu dokter segera menahan Claire di Unit Perawatan Intensif.

Paru-parunya sangat meradang. Namun, bahkan setelah melakukan berbagai tes, dokter masih belum menemukan apa penyebabnya. Mereka tidak bisa mengidentifikasi apa sebenarnya alasan di balik penyakitnya. Saat itulah Claire menemukan bahwa ini mungkin efek dari rokok elektronik, yang telah dia gunakan secara aktif.

Setelah itu, dokter menegaskan bahwa perangkat elektronik dapat menjadi penyebab paru-parunya yang rusak karena mereka belum pernah memiliki kasus seperti itu sebelumnya. Claire sekali lagi mengunggah foto sinar-X yang menunjukkan paru-parunya yang berkabut.

Dari gambar yang dipindai, dapat dilihat bahwa kedua sisi paru-paru tampak keruh. Paru-paru yang sehat harus terlihat jelas saat dipindai di bawah x-ray.


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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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Claire menulis bahwa itu mungkin posting terakhirnya, karena dia belum menjalani perawatan karena dokter masih mencari tahu diagnosis yang tepat untuk diberikan padanya.

Dia menambahkan bahwa sebelum dia mengambil rokok elektronik, dia tidak pernah mengalami batuk, nyeri dada dan kesulitan bernafas, gejala yang mengarah pada kondisinya saat ini.

Gadis remaja itu juga menyarankan orang untuk tidak menggunakan rokok elektronik dan jika ada yang sudah mengambilnya, dia berharap mereka berhenti sebelum mereka berakhir di ranjang rumah sakit seperti dia.(yn)

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