Doctors believe teen's lung failure due to vaping

Tryston Zohfeld, 17, was taken to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, with blockage in his lungs.
2:48 | 08/22/19

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We're back with an alert about the dangers of vaping. A seemingly healthy Texas teenager suddenly unable to breathe and hospitalized with lung failure. His doctors suspect vaping was the cause. We want to thank our affiliate WFAA with their help with this important story and linsey Davis is here with that. Good morning, robin. A lot of parents paying attention. Teens are reportedly using vaping devices in record numbers. The U.S. Surgeon general called it an epidemic and now tryston, a 17-year-old from Texas is warning other teens by sharing what happened to him. It's an unserving scene. The body of a teen spasming in a coughing fit on a ventilator just to breathe. It just progressively got worse, extremely fast. Reporter: 17-year-old tryston zohfeld was taken to Cooke children's hospital in ft. Worth with blockage in his lungs. I woke up throwing up everywhere. My heart was pounding out of my chest. Reporter: Doctors believe it was all because of vaping. He's a very sick otherwise healthy-looking child and we don't see previously healthy 17-year-olds that sick that quickly. Reporter: In late July tryston's family sat by his side day by day not knowing what was wrong as he lay in a medically induced coma. We had no idea what was going on. Reporter: His parents then learned tryston had been vaping without their knowledge since the eighth grade, sometimes as many as two to three vape pods a week. You don't want your child to go through what we went through to get to the mountain where he came to. Reporter: This isn't the first teen hospitalized after vaping use. The CDC identified 1553 cases of severe lung illness associated with e-cigarette use across 16 states. The CDC continues to investigate and has not identified a particular device or liquid as being associated with those for tryston, he's now hoping to warn other teens. It's a big deal. It's not something to look over. Tryston survived after being in a medically induced coma for ten days. The doctor thinks the chemicals inflamed hit lungs so much they could notal exchange oxygen and carbon die-on-oxide. 37% of 12th graders say they have vaped. 17% of eighth graders have. Tryston's friends after seeing -- Kids are under the illusion it's safe. It was dramatic to see that but important for parents and kids to see that video to see what can happen. Exactly. Such dramatic video and reaction to vaping. Seems like we're doing a daily story as we should be and more needs to be learned about this. Thank you, linsey. Coming up next here, a

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