December 7, 2019 | 2:23 PM IST
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Chinese doctors post chain smoker’s tobacco-clogged lungs; gets over 25mn views

A shocking video of a Chinese chain smoker’s lungs has surfaced showing how his tar-blackened organ from decades of tobacco residue clogging them up. The video 20-second video was shot by doctors at Wuxi People’s Hospital in Jiangsu, China and was posted with the caption, “Do you still have the courage to smoke?
The video has been viewed more than 25 million times with viewers terming it as ‘best anti-smoking ad ever’.

The organ was extracted under the supervision of lung transplant surgeon Dr Chen. He said, “Initial oxygenation index tests were okay, but when we harvested the organs, we realised we wouldn't be able to use them. We would accept lungs from people under 60 years of age who have only recently died, minor infections in the lungs and relatively clean X-rays are also acceptable. If the above conditions are met, we would consider transplanting the lungs.”

The extremely inflamed pair of lungs belonged to a 52-year-old who died of multiple lung diseases. He had been a chain smoker for over three decades and used to consume a packet of cigarettes per day. The patient opted to donate his organs after his death, but after the doctors saw the tar-contained lungs, they rejected the organ as it would not be of any use to anyone.

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