Double lung transplant needed after vaping related injury

Doctors at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit performed what they believe is the first double lung...

Posted: Nov 12, 2019 11:20 AM

Doctors at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit performed what they believe is the first double lung transplant in the US for a male patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged after vaping, according to the hospital.

There's a press conference Tuesday to discuss what happened and doctors will offer an update on the patient's condition.

He has asked the hospital to let the public know about his injuries and to see pictures, to "warn others," according to the hospital, but has also asked for privacy, so he will not attend the press conference.

The number of vaping-related injuries has climbed to at least 2,051, as of November 5, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The injuries have happened to patients in every state in the country with the exception of Alaska. So far there have been at least 40 deaths reported by state health departments.

The CDC is working closely with local health departments and the US Food and Drug Administration to pinpoint what exactly is causing these illnesses. It doesn't appear that any one product is to blame, although many cases seem to be linked to products bought "off the street" or from some other "informal sources," such as a family or friend, rather than from a vaping store, according to the CDC.

THC has been present in most of the samples of vaping products that the FDA has tested so far, and most of the patients who have gotten sick said they had used THC-products in the past.

On Friday, the CDC said Vitamin E acetate, an additive sometimes used in THC and other vaping products, may be to blame for the national outbreak, but said additional factors may be to blame, as well.

The CDC is also trying to figure out what the risk factors may be, if there are any, among those who have gotten sick.

In the wake of these injuries, some states and cities have placed limits on sales of vaping products. Some of these actions are now being challenged in court. Some stores, including Walgreens and Walmart, have also stopped selling vaping products.

President Donald Trump promised in September to take action and his administration has looked at a possible flavor ban, but so far nothing has happened.

Until the public health investigation is complete, the CDC suggests people refrain from using all vaping products with THC, no matter where people buy them.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 397421

Reported Deaths: 5299
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah61160856
Washington42725408
Marion40378520
Clackamas33323391
Lane30531364
Jackson25267363
Deschutes24034198
Umatilla15178184
Linn15004184
Douglas13635295
Josephine10388249
Yamhill9916145
Klamath9144153
Polk8384103
Benton624440
Malheur594093
Coos5854109
Columbia442156
Jefferson427268
Lincoln369155
Crook345558
Union341857
Wasco320747
Clatsop265835
Baker223133
Tillamook220646
Hood River218637
Morrow198925
Curry194639
Harney121933
Grant109216
Lake106418
Wallowa76513
Sherman1953
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5128725

Reported Deaths: 74953
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153845127262
San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
San Bernardino3784085998
Orange3370455783
Sacramento1699162462
Kern1590231841
Fresno1581872284
Santa Clara1536961933
Alameda1262241514
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
Stanislaus923321436
Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
Imperial39148778
Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511315
Shasta26353465
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
Napa13501107
Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793980
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
Colusa329821
Inyo259446
Plumas19679
Mono19274
Mariposa163818
Trinity102117
Modoc7956
Unassigned3820
Sierra2210
Alpine1080
Out of CA00
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 40°
Crater Lake
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 29° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 42°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 42°
Klamath Falls
Cloudy
34° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 28°
Colder tomorrow with more showers, snowy Cascade passes
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events