ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Folsom mother begs people not to fall. She says that's why her son is in a coma.
21-year-old Ricky D & # 39; Ambrosio is in Roseville Hospital fighting for his life. His family told CBS13 he was there because he fell. Now they want to share his story in the hope that it does not allow others to do the same.
"He has a heart of gold, that's all I can say," Caitlin told Ambrosio.
She rushed home from college Monday. Her mother, Christie, called to tell her that her brother Ricky was in the hospital and was not doing well.
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"I came here as soon as we can, and we've been here ever since," Caitlin told Ambrose.
The doctors didn't know at first what was wrong. vomit for five days. "
" That was really weird. I thought maybe food poisoning or flu, "she said.
"The antibiotics that would be used for the infection do not work," says Caitlin D & # 39; Ambrosio.
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Caitlynne eventually gave doctors the information they needed. She told them Ricky vapes. Ricky was in acute respiratory failure, now officially associated with vaping.
"They decided to paralyze him, put him in a coma and left him to rest," says Caitlin D & # 39; Ambrosio.
Christie says she feels helpless to see Ricky that way.
"It's so difficult as a mother," she said. "I look at this bed and see it as a little boy and the little boy I raised."
But now, Loomis's teacher wants to teach others about the real dangers of vaping before it's too late.
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"Vaping is so new, there are no real studies there, no real studies," she said.
Caitlynne "Whether he succeeds or not, children need to know that this is a real possible outcome.
Ricky's family tells CBS13 that they are still not sure if they will recover from this. He has been receiving steroids for 24 hours and doctors say it seems to be helping.
Meanwhile, his family tells us if they can save at least one life by telling his story, their goal will be achieved.