- Doctors extract blackened lungs from a chain smoker for 30 years
- The 52-year-old man died of pulmonary emphysema and wanted to donate his organs
- Lung harvesting wasn’t successful because the doctors can’t transplant the black and damaged lungs
For the past few decades, health experts have warned against cigarette smoking because of its devastating effects on the lungs. But, despite these warnings, many people are still into the habit. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer and a driver for many respiratory diseases.
It’s not until people get a glimpse of the real effect of cigarette smoking on the lungs, that they realize its damaging effects on one’s health. Now, a viral video shows a tar-blackened lung belonging to a 52-year-old chain smoker whose organs were rejected for transplant due to their shocking condition.
This is how a chain smoker’s lung looks like…
The doctors who surgically removed the lungs were from Wuxi People’s Hospital in Jiangsu, China. The video, which was titled, “Do you still have the courage to smoke?”, has been viewed more than 25 million times.
What more, the patient had decided to donate his organs come the time he dies, but when the surgeons operated on him, they were shocked to see that most of the patient’s organs can’t be used, particularly his lungs.
“The patient didn’t undergo a CT scan before his death. He was declared brain dead, and his lungs were donated shortly after that,” Dr. Chen Jingyu, a lung transplant surgeon and a member of the team that operated on the patient, said.
Instead of the normal pink, the lungs were black, with pigments all over
The doctors said that the initial oxygenation index tests turned good so they decided to harvest the organs for donation. But, upon operating on the patient, they saw that most of his organs were useless. They emphasize that they do not reject the lungs from smokers, but there are strict standards to be followed.
A closer look on a smoker’s lungs
For instance, doctors can transplant lungs from people who are below 60 years old and had only minor lung infections. If the X-rays turn out good, they can harvest the organs. In the case of the patient, he had succumbed to lung pulmonary emphysema, a common illness in people who were chronic chain smokers.
Watch the viral video here:
Smoking causes unfavorable effects on one’s health. Aside from lung diseases, cigarette smoking has been tied to various health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney damage and some types of cancer.
In China alone, more than 300 million people use cigarettes, which accounts for about one-third of the world’s smoking population. Smoking is also responsible for about one in six deaths in China, accounting for a person dying from complications of smoking around every 30 seconds.
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