Man fighting vaping-related lung illness: “If I die, let somebody else live off of my mistake”


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Shreveport man is fighting for his life after he says he developed a vaping-related lung illness.

“If I die, let somebody else live off of my mistake,” said 45-year-old Scott Goldstein as he lay in a hospital bed Thursday, clinging to life. “The only thing keeping me alive right now is oxygen.”

Pulmonary specialist, Dr. Humanshu Desai, says he strongly believes vaping is what caused the injury to Goldstein’s lungs, and that it is the first case in the area. However, Dr. Desai says he is seeing other cases now that he also suspects are related to vaping.

The doctor says they are in the process of formally reporting the suspected vaping-related illness to the Centers for Disease Control, with assistance from Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.

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Just days ago, the husband and father seemed perfectly healthy, working at his job at a local car dealership. Now, the buzz of an oxygen tank fills his hospital room and tubes run up Goldstein’s nose to help him breathe. His lungs can no longer support him.

“I can’t get out of bed to go to the bathroom, I can’t tie my shoe, I can’t move my blanket without needing oxygen.”

Goldstein says he it’s all because he started vaping to replace traditional smoking ten years ago.

“Now I have oil and water in my lungs that my lungs can’t get rid of. Making them crystalize. They’re rock hard.”

Goldstein says he didn’t have any symptoms, but simply couldn’t keep food down. “They said I had pneumonia and then we found out it was worse than pneumonia.”

Now, he’s begging people to quit vaping. If not for yourself, for your loved ones. “I’ve got a beautiful daughter, I have a wife. and it’s not fair to them. Being selfish smoking. It’s just not fair.”

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Across the country, there are reports of six deaths that may be related to the vaping- related lung illness and hundreds more believed to have been sickened.

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