An adolescent is fortunate to be alive after his lung burst after inhaling laughing fuel at a music competition.
Alex Littler, 16, inhaled nitrous oxide at Parklife Competition in Manchester. However on the Monday he was rushed to hospital after he complained of a swollen neck, breathlessness and that his chest felt like ‘popping bubble wrap’.
He was pressured to admit to his mum, Cathy McCann, 44 and docs about inhaling the laughing fuel.
On the hospital, Alex was identified with a ruptured and leaking lung with docs telling him he was fortunate to be alive.
However they highlighted there was nonetheless a threat the 16-year-old would want surgical procedure to take away air trapped round his coronary heart and lungs.
Fortunately an oxygen masks that was left on in a single day eliminated the trapped air with out Alex requiring surgical procedure.
Since being in hospital, Alex confessed he’s beforehand used the drug however has vowed to by no means take it once more.
It has left his mum Cathy, from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, distraught after the ordeal.
She mentioned: ‘He’s mentioned it’s the worst factor he may have achieved. He didn’t realise himself what the risks have been and he did it as a result of all his mates have been doing it.
‘It upsets me fascinated about it, it’s horrible. It may have been deadly. It may have killed him. His lung has bought a gap in it.
‘The gases can have an effect on in your spinal chord, go to your mind and deaden your mind. I used to be beside myself as a result of I didn’t know the total information about these gases. He was petrified.’
‘His associates are devastated, they’ve been on the cellphone always, placing posts on Snapchat saying they don’t need to see anybody doing balloons.
‘I don’t suppose half of them knew the depths of what they’ll do. He’s been informed by docs, if he does it once more, he’ll be again in hospital as a result of he has a weak spot on his lungs now.
‘It’s a hazard as a result of if it hadn’t repaired itself it’s going to make a much bigger gap and it will have been deadly.
‘He would have ended up lifeless or paralysed or mind lifeless.
‘Alex was completely shocked. That’s when it hit him – seeing your mum sitting there crying as a result of we’re a detailed household.’
Cathy and Alex have determined to share their story to warn others concerning the risks of taking laughing fuel.
She mentioned: ‘Nobody is aware of the depth and penalties. Sixteen-year-olds are dying, individuals have messaged me saying their son died.
‘I need to put it on the market, the risks of it for fogeys as effectively not simply the children. They don’t know what’s taking place, it’s taking place underneath everybody’s noses.
‘He’s not in bother as a result of it’s been that a lot of an ordeal, he’s learnt a giant large lesson so I didn’t must say something to him.’
Parklife has been contacted for remark.
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