"If you're a heavy smoker, your lungs may not be accepted even if you choose to donate them after death. Look at these lungs - do you still have the courage to smoke?"
Photo Credits: AsiaWire / Chen Jingyu
For most of us, smoking was something that we started because we caved into peer pressure. Now, it's come to such a situation where we can't really do without it. Our bodies have begun to crave the nicotine in cigarettes, and we make up excuses to go light one. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have said that smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Smoking is the cause of nearly half a million deaths every year. This means that 1 in 5 deaths is because of smoking and due to the damages it causes to the human body. Does that not shock you?
Despite prevention campaigns and warnings issues, people continue to smoke. It's become a habit that people just can't seem to get rid of. People who smoke are twice as likely to have a heart attack and 30 times more likely to suffer from lung cancer when compared to non-smokers. It is hard to quit, but hopefully, this video that surgeons have shared will make you change your mind. This person has been a smoker for 30 years, and this is how their lungs look. As reported by Daily Mail.
Doctors from the Wuxi People's Hospital in Jiangsu, China, extracted the organs after the 52-year-old man, who had multiple lung diseases, died. He had signed up to be an organ donor, but because of the condition of his lungs, the doctors had no choice but to discard it as medical waste. The video shows how normally pink lungs looked on this chain smoker. It had turned black and grey and had swollen up in size.
I can't believe I've got relatives that are still smoking when my mother-in-law is fighting the fight of her life as a "smoker's lung cancer" patient!— Lucie Marie Dorion (@Pulcebella) November 20, 2019
The video, recorded by the surgeons, was uploaded to social media with the caption: "Do you still have the courage to smoke?" It has been viewed more than 25 million times and users have dubbed it the 'best anti-smoking ad ever'. Dr. Chen, a lung transplant surgeon and also vice president of the facility, led the operation. "The patient didn't undergo a CT scan before his death. He was declared brain dead, and his lungs were donated shortly after that," he said.
Doctors in China were unable to use a 52-year-old organ donor’s lungs because he was a chainsmoker for 30 years.With hazardous AQI levels in all Indian cities, & breathing being equal to smoking 10-15 cigarettes a day, have even our organs lost their... https://t.co/sYVkRGVKBk— Nitish Kumar Singh (@NitishKumarSi17) November 21, 2019
"Initial oxygenation index tests were okay, but when we harvested the organs, we realized we wouldn't be able to use them. We Chinese love smoking. It would be impractical to say that we wouldn't accept the lungs of all smokers, but there are strict standards. [We would accept] lungs from people under 60 years of age who have only recently died, minor infections in the lungs and relatively clean X-rays are also acceptable. If the above conditions are met, we would consider transplanting the lungs."
Medics show off tar-blackened lungs after removing them from a 52-year-old man who had been a chain smoker for 30 years. Doctors from the Wuxi People's Hospital in Jiangsu, China, extracted the organs after the 52-year-old man, who had multiple lung diseases, died.— ~Paschal Chukwuebuka (@Paschy_Noriz) November 20, 2019
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Dr. Chen then uploaded the clip to social media with the hashtag 'jieyan', which is Mandarin for 'quit smoking'. He wrote: "Many smokers in this country have lungs which look like this. Our team decided to reject these lungs for transplant. If you're a heavy smoker, your lungs may not be accepted even if you choose to donate them after death. Look at these lungs - do you still have the courage to smoke?"