Whitney Livingston tried to shake off the unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes and turned to vaping to stop smoking.
"She told me she was smoking cigarettes, and I thought it was safe to smoke something else that was rather vague," her mother told Fox 4 News. "You think cigarettes will get cancer. So that's a lot healthier because it's presented that way.
"She had decided, 'I can not do that anymore. I'll put that away. I will not vapern. "And she got a fever that night," recalls Audas.
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Two weeks ago, Livingston began to experience symptoms similar to a gastric virus, and she developed a fever, cough, and rapid breathing.
Her condition deteriorated rapidly and she was taken to the Children's Medical Center Dallas, where she is currently on life support with pneumonia in both lungs.
"She almost could have died," Audas told Fox 4 News. "And her oxygen had already dropped all the way. There was pneumonia in both lungs. The doctor said it looked like he had never seen pneumonia. "Livingston's mother said that her daughter's condition has not been significantly improved, but she does show some improvement, although she is not sure what long-term damage she may have.
It was reported on Tuesday that a sixth person in the United States had died of severe lung disease related to vaping. Health officials from Kansas said the resident is female and over 50 years old. Although she had other health problems, she confirmed that her death was due to Vaping. Previously confirmed deaths occurred in Indiana, Minnesota, California, Illinois and Oregon.
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In addition to the sixth death investigate the disease control centers in 33 states Over 450 reported cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping. "While this investigation is still ongoing, people should consider not using e-cigarette products," says Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, Incident Manager of the CDC Response to Vapor-induced Lung Injuries. "People who use e-cigarette products should monitor themselves for symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, and seek medical attention immediately if they have health concerns."
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While health officials and physicians are still not sure which chemical or substance in e-cigarettes will make healthy people sick, on Friday the CDC announced that they were beginning to see trends in most of the 450 cases it was a young person aged 18 to 25, initially suspected of having a pneumonia-like infection that turned out to be another lung disease.
The CDC has not yet established the root cause of the multitude of vaping products. Some patients use e-cigarettes only with nicotine, others mainly with marijuana-based products.
"We are becoming more and more focused … and the investigation is getting closer," said Ileana Arias, Deputy Director of Non-Infectious Diseases at CDC.