(fashion) A California teen who says she was put on life-support after her vaping habit caused her lung to collapse has said she never considered herself a smoker, on reflection of the terrifying incident.
Simah Herman, 18, was rushed to the Los Angeles’ Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on August 15 following complaints she was unable to breathe properly.
While doctors were stumped as to the reasons why, an X-ray of her chest would later show a white haze at the bottom of her lungs.
Her pulmonologist, Dr. Kathryn Melamed, thought she may be suffering from a case of pneumonia. However, less than 48 hours later, her lungs and became inflamed and full of fluid.
'I just remember feeling like absolute...nothing. Like I just couldn't do anything,' Herman to ABC's Nightline. 'I couldn’t drink water. I couldn’t move. Like, I literally just wanted to crawl out of my skin.'
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Simah Herman, 18, was rushed to the Los Angeles’ Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on August 15 following complaints she was unable to breathe properly
Herman said: 'It took less than 48 hours for me to be put in a drug induced coma and a tube put down my throat because I could no longer breathe on my own. The dangers of vaping are real and this can happen to you. Please don’t let it.'
Still unable to breathe after two days in the hospital, Herman had to be put on a ventilator, and then, shorty afterwards, put into a medically induced coma.
While the teen was unconscious, her cousin revealed to her parents one of Herman's secrets that helped the family to gain some answers as to a possible cause for their daughter's ailing condition.
'She said, "You know she smokes every day?”' Stacy Herman, Simah Herman’s mother recalled of the conversation. 'I said, "What? What are you talking about?" And she said, "She smokes every day. She smokes that vape." I said, "You tell the doctors right now. You go tell the doctors right now.”'
After five agonizing days, Herman emerged from her coma, with a ventilator still pumping oxygen into her failing lungs.
She confessed to her parents that her cousin's admission was true: she would easily smoke one vape pod every day, using the device as often as every 10 to 15 minutes.
Herman, who has now decided to become an advocate against vaping, shared photos of herself inside the hospital in a post that's now gone viral.
It includes photos of Herman holding up signs that read 'I want to start a no vaping campaign', along with a photo of her unconscious with a tube down her throat.
'I asked for, like, a pen and paper because that was the only way I could communicate,' Herman said. 'And I wrote, ‘I want to start a no-vaping campaign.’ That was the first thing I did when I opened my eyes.'
Simah Herman, 18, shared the photos in an August 29th Instagram post that has been liked just under 600,000 times. The post includes photos of Herman holding up signs sharing her testimony along with a photo of her unconscious with a tube down her throat
Two weeks ago, the Long Beach resident started having trouble breathing and had to be put on a ventilator after her lungs failed in 48 hours
Herman said she first started vaping at age 15, buying cartridges from a smoke shop despite being underage.
Prior to indulging in the habit, Herman had been happy and active, participating in dances classes for years. But the teen says she noticed a sharp drop in her abilities as her vaping habit intensified.
Eventually, she was vaping a