Dr. Hassan Nemeh, who led the surgical team, points to a scan of Daniel's damaged lungs before surgery. Dr. Nemeh said "There was inflammation and scarring, and dead tissue. This is an evil that I haven't faced before."
Julie, a member of the One Chance team, had a close and devastating connection to this teenage boy and his seemingly “harmless “ choice to vape THC. In the summer of 2019, Daniel, a 17 year old high school student in Michigan, began vaping both nicotine and THC. After only a few months of vaping, his lungs were so damaged that he was hospitalized. Doctors at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital quickly determined that his lungs were injured and no longer functioning properly after vaping THC for a short time. In October of 2019, Daniel received the first double lung transplant as a result of vaping. Daniel’s life is forever changed with a lifetime of health concerns, daily medications, significantly reduced lung capacity and diminished quality of life.