Local teen says she was hospitalized with illness from vaping


I WOULD GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN, JUST SO NO OTHER KID EVER HAS TO. FOR THE 1st TIME GENERAL 11 IS TALKING WITH A LOCAL TEENAGER HOSPITALIZED BY VAPING. SHE IS ONE OF THE 450 PEOPLE THE CDC IS INVESTIGATING. SO FAR, SIX DEATHS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO E-CIGARETTES, BUT HEALTH OFFICIALS DON’T REALLY KNOW THE CAUSE. GENERAL 11 GABRIELLA DELUCA IS LIVE TO WITH US TONIGHT WITH THAT TEAMS WARNING. Reporter: SHE WAS HERE AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOR DAYS RECOVERING, SHE TOLD ME TODAY NOW THAT SHE IS FINALLY HOME, SHE WILL NEVER PICK UP A VAPING PEN EVER AGAIN. IF YOU HAD ASKED ME A WEEK AGO IF I COULD SEE MYSELF SITTING HERE, I WOULD TELL YOU KNOW. Reporter: 16-YEAR-OLD EMMA CONSIDERS HERSELF LUCKY TO BE BACK AT HER BEAVER COUNTY HOME. AFTER A SEVERAL DAY STAY AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. ALMOST 2 WEEKS AGO, SHE BEGAN FEELING VERY SICK. IT WAS THE WORST THING I’VE EVER BEEN THROUGH. I COULDN’T LEAVE THE FETAL POSITION. Reporter: AFTER PROCEDURES AND TESTING, EMMA SAYS DOCTORS DETERMINED HER ILLNESS WAS BECAUSE OF VAPING. HE CAME UP AND ASKED ME, DO YOU BABE, AND I SAID YEAH, AND THEY TOOK THE CHEST X-RAY, AND THAT’S WHEN THEY SAW THE POPCORN LUNG. IT’S A HABIT SHE DID AROUND THE CLOCK. EVERY DAY. EVERY FIVE MINUTES, I WOULD BE IN PUBLIC, I WOULD TUCK IT IN MY SLEEVE AND BE DISCREET ABOUT IT. IT WAS A LIFESTYLE. Reporter: OFFICIALS TELL CHANNEL 11 THE HOSPITALS HAVE SEEN 22 PATIENTS DUE TO VAPING, AND A PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGIST TOLD ME ONE IN FIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USE E-CIGARETTES. IT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. WE DON’T KNOW THE FULL EFFECT OF E-CIGARETTES AT THAT TIME, THEY HAVEN’T BEEN OUT LONG ENOUGH. EMMA IS RECOVERING AND TAKING MEDICATION AND WANTS TO WARN ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PICK UP OF A PEN. IT MAKES ME HAPPY THAT I’VE TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE WITH MY STORY, AND I WOULD GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN, JUST SO NO OTHER KID EVER HAS TO. SHE TOLD ME WHILE SHE WAS HERE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, SOMEONE FROM THE CDC CAME TO SPEAK WITH HER ABOUT WHAT SHE WAS EXPERIENCING, SHE NOW HAS TO GO THROUGH RESPIRATORY THERAPY AND ALSO SEVERAL FOLLOW-

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