Just days after the CDC announced it would investigate nearly 100 cases of severe vaping-related lung disease, the teenager from Weatherford shares his story.
On July 26, Triston Sochfeld was admitted to Cook Children's Medical Center with
A few days earlier, he was experiencing fatigue, cold shivering, shortness of breath and vomiting.
"I felt my whole body flexing and shaking all the time, and I started to get cramps in my stomach and legs because I was shaking so bad," Triston said.
By the time he arrived at Cook in an ambulance, the teenager was rapidly declining.
"They did an X-ray Sunday morning and it was completely cloudy throughout the lungs. And they had brought his oxygen up to 1
Within 48 hours of arriving, Triston was unable to breathe on his own.
Doctors tested him for any infection and virus that they could imagine he had contracted, but it wasn't until his cousin arrived with Triston
Pediatric Pulmonologist Karen Schulze calls the increase in white disease cases lungs associated with vaping.
She has been treating Triston and another teenager for the past month. Meanwhile, the CDC says it is handling 94 cases from across the country reported between June and August.
"No one was able to identify what type of e-cigarette or what aroma or brand or assemble anything,
She says that Triston's lungs were so irritated that they formed scars.
Fortunately, the 17-year-old was able to recover. But now he has lost 30 pounds with much less muscle mass, he still has a long way to go for a full recovery.
He swore that he would never again e-cigarette, and hoped that others would learn from touching him with death.  "We do not know the long-term effects. We really only know the short-term effects. If the short-term effects are so bad, what benefit can there be?"
He says that several friends have already committed to leaving after his experience. He hopes those who at least do not spend more time learning about the potential risks.