A doctor in China is forced to refuse a pair of donated lungs that come from a dead 52-year-old who has spent 30 years of his life smoking. Dr. Chen Jingyu of Wuxi People's Hospital said he was aware that he would not be able to give the patient's lungs to the transplant list after seeing the apparent damage to organs due to decades of tobacco use.
"A lot of smokers in this country have lungs that look like this," said Jinghu, according to AsiaWire. "Our team has decided to reject the lungs for transplantation. If you are a heavy smoker, your lungs may not be accepted even if you decide to donate after death. Look at these lungs – do you still have the courage to smoke? "
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Jingyu said the patient did not undergo CT before he was brainwashed.
"The initial tests with the oxygenation index were fine, but when we took the organs, we realized we wouldn't be able to use them," Ginghu told AsiaWire.
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Over 300 million people in China are smokers, accounting for nearly one-third of the world's total, according to the World Health Organization. About 2.3 trillion cigarettes were consumed in China in 2009, which is more than the total number of smokers in the four countries consuming tobacco. Statistics also have a major impact on the country, with the WHO estimating that someone in China dies every 30 seconds because of tobacco use.
"We Chinese love smoking," says Jing, according to AsiaWire. "It would be impractical to say that we do not accept the lungs of all smokers, but there are strict standards. These include the lungs below the age of 60 in a patient who has only recently been declared dead; minor infections in the lungs and relatively clear chest x-rays are also acceptable. If the above conditions are met, we would consider a lung transplant. "
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It has been reported that frames and images of the lungs are widely circulated on Chinese social media platforms where users call it. "The best smoking ad."