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Teen Vows Never To Vape Again After She Was Put On Life Support

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Teen Vows Never To Vape Again After She Was Put On Life Support

A teenager has vowed never to vape again after being put on life support due to lung damage and pneumonia, which she says was down to e-cigarettes. Take a listen to her story below:

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Juliet Roberts, from Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, started vaping when she was just 14, and it wasn't long before she became 'addicted', going through a disposable e-cigarette every two weeks.

Over four years later, on 7 January, her habit took it's toll and the 18-year-old was left fighting for her life when she was hospitalised after struggling to breathe.

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Speaking about the terrifying ordeal, Juliet says doctors told her that her constant vaping had damaged her lungs.

The teen says she had also suffered a bad reaction to a 'fake' vape containing a 'toxic chemical', which caused her to develop pneumonia.

Speaking about her illness, Juliet, who is now at home recovering, said: "I woke up feeling like I had a cold and just really didn't feel good and as the days progressed I started feeling worse.

Juliet was left fighting for her life. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Juliet was left fighting for her life. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
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"Three days later, I was sitting in my room and I went to stand up and I fell back down because I couldn't breathe, I thought I was going to pass out.

"I called my boyfriend and told him I needed to go to the emergency room because I could tell something was wrong."

After being rushed to the hospital, she underwent a series of tests, and doctors told her that if she had waited another day, she would have died.

"They told me I was basically dying, I'm so glad I went to the hospital when I did," Juliet recalled.

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X-rays showed that vaping had damaged her lungs and the infection made her lungs appear white rather than the typical black of healthy soft tissue.

Juliet said: "They think I maybe got hold of a fake disposable and I had a bad reaction to it because of some type of chemical that was in it and it just made my lungs want to stop working.

"They said obviously with how consistent I was with vaping it made the condition worse as well."

The 18-year-old spent five days on life support. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
The 18-year-old spent five days on life support. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
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Of the 12 days she was in hospital, Juliet spent five of them on life support.

Doctors told her that it was a 'miracle' she recovered so quickly.

But despite having been discharged from hospital, she remains on oxygen around the clock, and has a long way to go until she is fully recovered, with doctors telling her it could be a year until she's back at work.

And Juliet says she won't be vaping ever again.

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Juliet said: "I haven't hit one since the day I went to the hospital and I don't plan on doing it ever again.

"The doctor told me that it would end my life and that's all the information I need to quit for good.

"I just want people to know that it's really not worth it. I want it to be known that it is as dangerous as people say it is and it's a lot more common than people think it is."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Health, Science, US News

Dominic Smithers
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