One Puff Of Smoke Broke His Jaw
The 17-year-old had to travel 250 miles with a bloody mouth, broken teeth and a hole in his jaw to get the nearest hospital after the freak accident. The teen was smoking the e-cigarette and after a while, the cigarette exploded in his mouth. This resulted in jaw explosion and he even lost some of his teeth. After the boy found the hospital doctors immediately rushed him to the surgery room to fix the jaw bone. The unnamed boy from Nevada, Utah, had extensive injuries to his mouth, several missing teeth, and a broken lower jaw when he got to A&E two hours after the explosion.
He was treated by Dr. Katie Russell, a pediatric trauma surgeon at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Dr. Russell said that when she met this patient, she had no idea that a vape pen could do this. It takes a lot of force to break your jaw.” Said the doctor
It’s not clear what caused the explosion as the device was in good condition and hadn’t shown any problems prior, she said.
The kid was all freaked out because he was all covered with blood and the sudden explosion left him all frightened. The doctor after surgery said that they had to remove some teeth from his mouth because the sockets had been destroyed. He also had to have a dental plate fitted under his lower gums to stabilize the jaw bone, but his mouth still wouldn’t close properly.
So, doctors wired his jaw shut for six weeks to give it time to heal, she explained.
A year on and the boy still has teeth missing as he hasn’t been able to get replacements for insurance reasons.
However, he hopes to get them fitted this summer, according to Dr. Russell.
He has also quit his smoking habit since the incident.
This case was highlighted because the doctors wanted to spread awareness of smoking. This case of e-cigarette was to open all other people’s eyes. People need to know before they buy these devices that there’s a possibility they’re going to blow up in your pocket, in your face.”
Some evidence suggests that issues with e-cigarette batteries could lead to an explosion.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US recommends users avoid charging the devices overnight or leaving them unattended while charging.
Users should also avoid using chargers from other devices, like phones or tablets, and replaced batteries if they get damaged or wet.
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