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"'He May Need A Ventilator': One Teen's Fight Against Vaping-Linked Lung Illness" - Dennis Thompson

  • Health Day
  • New York, NY
  • (September 23, 2019)


Eddie Sullivan, 17, woke up on a Tuesday and found that his chest hurt every time he took a breath. He'd spent that July weekend nauseous with a fever, and the day before doctors had diagnosed him with pneumonia. They couldn't know it at the time, but Eddie was one of 530 people across 38 states who've experienced severe lung injuries related to vaping. Eddie is on the mend now, but at one point doctors considered putting him on a ventilator. According to Karen Wilson, MD, division chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, many patients first experience gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea prior to their respiratory symptoms. She added, “Certainly the cases I've heard about in the most detail have had some time before they were actually diagnosed where they were having vomiting and diarrhea.”


— Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH, Vice-Chair, Clinical and Translational Research, Professor, Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division Chief, General Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital

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