WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A West Valley City man is on life support after vaping gave him lipoid pneumonia, his family said.
His wife Tiffani Bills said doctors at Jordan Valley Hospital believe vaping is a blame.
The Utah Department of Health recently began investigating a cluster of severe lung disease cases possibly linked to vaping. Since Monday, these cases have been doubled in Utah.
"It hit out of nowhere, argued for sure," Tiffani said. "They have had four other cases ̵
Sean and Tiffani vaped daily for two years. Roughly ten days ago, the otherwise healthy father of three knew something was wrong.
“Starting with shortness of breath and pain and not being able to breathe. That's why he's in a coma right now is because he can't breathe on his own, "Tiffani said.
Tiffani says it's lipoid pneumonia probably caused by inhaling fat particles.
" These are the juices possibly that are causing the issue, ”Tiffani said, holding up four juice bottles.
The Utah Department of Health said there were now ten cases of severe lung disease possibly linked to vaping. That number rose from five reported cases on Monday.
Nationwide, more than 100 people developed similar problems. The cluster has become so troubling, the Center for Disease Control is investigating.
Tiffany quit vaping when her husband was admitted to the hospital.
"Stop," Tiffani said. “Stop right now before it gets worse. I mean, it's not worth your life. ”
A GoFundMe account to help with mounting medical expenses has been set up and can be found here.