Life support

Teenage girl is on life support after constant vaping ravages her lungs and gives her pneumonia

A teenage girl has been put on life support after constant vaping ravaged her lungs.

Juliet Roberts, 18, started vaping more than four and a half years ago when she was 14 with her classmates.

She says she quickly became “addicted”, switching to a disposable e-cigarette every two weeks.

After all these years of regular use, vaping took a huge toll on the teenager’s lungs and on January 7, she was hospitalized as she was struggling to breathe.

Worried doctors put Juliette on life support for five days and despite a “miraculous” recovery, she remains on oxygen 24/7.

Now recovering at home, Juliet learned that she was still at risk of having a heart attack due to the strain on her weak lungs.



She says she quickly became ‘addicted’, switching to a disposable e-cigarette every two weeks (stock photo)

Juliet, from Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, USA, said: “I was sitting in my room and went to get up and fell down because I couldn’t breathe I thought I was going to pass out .

“I called my boyfriend and told him I had to go to the ER because I could tell something was wrong.

“As soon as they checked my vital signs, three nurses rushed in because my oxygen was so low they couldn’t believe I was walking.

“After doing all the tests, my condition started to get worse very quickly and I don’t remember much after that.

“From what I was told, they put me on a ventilator and when that wasn’t enough, they put me on a ventilator.



The nurses couldn't believe she was walking because her oxygen was so low
The nurses couldn’t believe she was walking because her oxygen was so low

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“Doctors told me that if I hadn’t gotten there that night I would have lost my life. It was very scary. They told me I was practically dying .”

Years of constant vaping had damaged her lungs and led her to develop pneumonia that made her unable to breathe.

Juliet spent a total of 12 days in hospital recovering, five of which were on life support.

She says doctors believe her weakened lungs – from long-term use of vapes – were overwhelmed by a reaction to a chemical in a “fake” vape.

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



Juliette spent a total of 12 days in hospital recovering, five of which were on life support
Juliette spent a total of 12 days in hospital recovering, five of which were on life support

“They said obviously how consistent I was with vaping, it also made the condition worse.”

Doctors kept the teenager in the intensive care unit for another five days after she woke up after being on life support because she still had too much oxygen to move – using 15 liters a day .

She says doctors told her she made a “miraculous” recovery to stop being on life support so quickly.

After being discharged from the hospital, she remains on oxygen 24 hours a day and still receives nebulization treatments at home twice a day.

Juliet, who works as a waitress, has been told she could be out of work for up to a year depending on when her lungs are strong enough to breathe on their own and stop straining her heart.



After her traumatic experience, the teenager, who swears never to vape again, now hopes to encourage others to quit (stock photo)
After her traumatic experience, the teenager, who swears never to vape again, now hopes to encourage others to quit (stock photo)

During this recovery, she must also be careful not to catch diseases that could further strain her weak lungs.

The 18-year-old said: “At the moment my lungs are working so hard that if I overwork myself I risk a heart attack.

“They told me that even if I had a cold, I would end up where I was because of the weakness of my lungs at the moment.”

After her traumatic experience, the teenager, who vows never to vape again, now hopes to encourage others to quit, insisting that “it’s not worth it”.


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