PETALING JAYA: The public should stop speculating on the cause of the lung damage sustained by a 17-year-old boy admitted to the Labuan Hospital pending results from the lab tests, says Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari.
He said the cause of the lung damage could be due to a lung infection, an autoimmune disease, exposure to chemicals or vaping.
"However, the real cause has yet to be determined as the injuries are still being examined," he said, adding that doctors were still waiting for the results from lab tests.
He said investigation showed that the teenager had started vaping in an attempt to stop smoking about two weeks before he was admitted to the hospital.
Dr Ismuni said the teenager was admitted to the hospital on Oct 4 due to severe breathing issues, adding that the boy has a history of asthma.
"While in the ICU, the patient was found to have suffered serious internal injuries in his lungs and other conditions, such as rhabdomyolysis (the rapid breakdown of damaged skeletal muscles) and kidney failure," said Dr Ismuni in a statement on Friday (Nov 8).
Dr Ismuni said the patient had been given treatment and is on hemodialysis.
"He is recovering but still in ICU," he said.
He also urged the public to stop speculating about the cause of the teen's illness and to respect the privacy of the boy and his family.
News of the teen's admittance to ICU became viral on social media, with many claiming that the boy was suffering from an illness related to vaping.
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