NEPHI, Utah – A teenage boy is sharing his story after saying that vaping sends her to the ICU, into a coma caused by medicine.
This comes as the Utah Department of Health urges caution in the use of vapel products against the backdrop of severe rash related diseases reported to the department.
Maddie Nelson, from Nephi, is a healthy 1
"I thought it was okay," Muddy said. "I did all the tricks all the time."
Maddie said that she started with zero nicotine juice from vapel but eventually increased to 3 mg of nicotine.
"I used all kinds of different products, from all kinds of vape shops in Utah," she explained. "I used Naked Juice, all kinds of branded juices.
In late July, Maddie described how mysteriously she became ill and ended up in the hospital in a medically induced coma.
"Doctors said it was definitely vaping," she said.
It started with feeling unwell for a few months, and Maddie said she had no appetite.
The disease escalated when Maddie could not keep her food down and fever began to flow. She said she went to the Payson hospital.
"My temperature was so high, my brain just turned off completely," Maddie said. "I thought I was at the Payson hospital for one night and actually was there for four days."
She said the doctors there couldn't figure out what was wrong. Maddie was moved to Timpanogos Regional Hospital, where she said she was placed in a drug-induced coma for three days at the Institute of Intensive Care.
Then she said that the doctors understood what was wrong.
"I have a growth of fatty particles inside my lungs that have been linked to glycerin in vape juice," Maddie explained. "So my lungs were full of fluid then. They said my chest radiography was one of the worst they had ever seen. "
How doctors explained this to Muddy and her family:" When you inhale moisture, it just creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow in your lungs. and start an infection. And that actually happened, "said Muddy.
She said she developed eosinophilic pneumonia, similar to what the Utah Department of Health did.
According to the health department, other cases also end up with serious illness and
At one point, Maddie indicated that her family did not know if she would survive.  "My family seriously thought I had died, and when I found out it just saddened me," she said, her eyes wide. tears came to her.
Maddie was taken out of her coma and a few weeks later  However, she has not fully recovered.
Maddie said she still had to use oxygen at night. She said her breasts would start feeling out of nowhere.
"It's very scary because doctors don't know the long-term effects of this," says Muddy. "So they don't know what the healing process should look like."
That's why she said they keep watching her.
Maddy indicated that the insurance did not cover the entire hospital stay and she was now in medical debt.
A family member is trying to help Muddy raise money to cover her bills.
"After surviving this, I will never touch tap again," she said.
The Utah Department of Health said Monday that they are testing vape products to see if they can determine what in the products can cause people to become ill.