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A 17-year-old traveled more than 200 miles with broken teeth, a bloody mouth, and a hole in his jaw, as he made his way to a pediatric hospital in Utah with his mother. After examining for multiple hours, pediatric surgeons rushed the teen into surgery, to try to reconstruct and repair shattered bone.
Austin Adams was allegedly vaping when without warning his e-cigarette exploded in his face. Doctors stated the boy had suffered a punctured chin and several cuts across his mouth. Several of the boy’s teeth were also damaged, and his lower jaw was fractured. Doctors were able to remove some of his teeth and damaged tissue, constructing a wire used to heal his fracture and attaching it in his mouth. Surgeons needed to sew his gumline back together then put plates on the jawbone to stabilize it, and needed to be wired shut for six weeks meaning he could only have liquids and puree food.
Dr - Katie - Russell - Trauma - Surgeon
According to Dr. Katie Russell, a pediatric trauma surgeon at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital, the boy’s injuries were ones they usually see when someone is involved in a high-speed motor vehicle crash. Several were shocked since it usually takes a serious amount of force to break a jaw, which is why they found it off that an e-cigarette managed to hurt the teen the way it did.
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