A teenager is lucky to be alive after his lung burst after inhaling laughing gas at a music festival.
Alex Littler, 16, inhaled laughing gas at the Parklife Festival in Manchester. But on Monday he was taken to hospital after complaining of a swollen throat, shortness of breath and his chest feeling like bubble wrap was about to burst.
He had to admit to his mother Cathy McCann (44) and doctors that he had inhaled the laughing gas.
At the hospital, Alex was diagnosed with a ruptured and leaking lung and doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.
However, they stressed there is still a risk the 16-year-old will need surgery to remove air trapped around his heart and lungs.
Luckily, an oxygen mask left on overnight removed the trapped air without requiring Alex’s surgery.
Since being in the hospital, Alex has confessed that he had used the drug before but vowed never to take it again.
It has left its mother Cathy, from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, distraught after the ordeal.
This is some information about nitrous oxide, according to Frank:
how you might feel
Laid back, giggling, distorted audio and/or dizzy, anxious, paranoid.
effects on your body
Can give you a headache and/or prevent you from thinking clearly.
How long does it take to work
How long the effect lasts
1-2 minutes on average.
It is dangerous to inhale directly from the canister as the rate at which the gas leaves the canister cannot be regulated – this can result in respiratory injury. The pressurized gas is also very cold and can cause frostbite in the lungs. When balloons are used, it can be difficult to assess how many balloons to inhale. Too much nitrous oxide can cause fainting, unconsciousness, or asphyxiation.
She said: “He said it was the worst thing he could have done. He wasn’t aware himself what the dangers were and he did it because all his buddies did.
“It upsets me to think about it, it’s awful. It could have been deadly. It could have killed him. There’s a hole in his lung.
“The gases can affect your spinal cord, get into your brain and kill your brain. I was upset because I didn’t know all the facts about these gases. He was petrified.’
“His friends are devastated, they’ve been on the phone constantly and posting on Snapchat saying they don’t want to see anyone making balloons.
“I don’t think half of them knew what they could do. Doctors have told him that if he does it again he will be back in the hospital because he now has a weak spot in his lungs.
“It’s a hazard because if it didn’t repair itself it would leave a bigger hole and it would have been fatal.
“He would have ended up dead or paralyzed or brain dead.
“Alex was totally shocked. That’s when it hit him – when he saw your mother sitting there crying because we’re a close family.
Cathy and Alex decided to share their story to warn others about the dangers of ingesting nitrous oxide.
She said: “Nobody knows the depth and the consequences. Sixteen year olds are dying, people have written to me that their son has died.
“I want to point out the dangers for parents too, not just for children. You don’t know what’s happening, it’s happening before everyone’s eyes.
“He’s not in trouble because it was such an ordeal, he learned a tremendous lesson so I didn’t have to tell him anything.”
Parklife was contacted for comment.
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