Surgeons show off blackened lungs of deceased pack-a-day smoker

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Chinese surgeons remove charcoal blackened lungs from a deceased 52 year old male who stocked a pack-a-day

Footage of tar coated lungs has been shared by surgeons in China. The lungs were removed from a 52 year old who was a pack-a-day smoker for 30 years and passed away from lung disease which resulted in respiratory failure.

The lungs, which were destined to be donated had to be rejected by doctors after harvesting them from the deceased as they were too badly damaged thus declared “unusable”.

The charcoal blackened lungs from a pack a day smoker of 30 years

Images and a video of the lungs was by Dr. Chen from Wuxi People’s Hospital in Jiangsu, China with the hashtag ‘jieyan’, which means quit smoking.

The patient suffered Lung pulmonary emphysema, this lung disease causes inflammation and abnormal expansion in the major organs which makes sufferers short of breath.

Dr. Chen went on to say; “Many smokers in this country have lungs which look like this, Our team decided to reject these lungs for transplant. If you’re a heavy smoker, your lungs may not be accepted even if you choose to donate them after death”

This Smokers lungs had to be rejected from being transplanted to other patients

Dr Chen added: ‘The patient didn’t undergo a CT scan before his death. He was declared brain dead, and his lungs were donated shortly after that. ‘Initial oxygenation index tests were okay, but when we harvested the organs, we realised we wouldn’t be able to use them.

The Lungs are not the only organs to suffer irreversible damage and from smoking cigarettes. Many organs including the heart, stomach and brain are at risk when cigarette smoke is inhaled which can lead to various cancers.

Healthy lungs are pink in appearance


According to the World Health Organisation people who quit smoking can cut their risk of coronary heart disease by up-to half within their first year going tobacco free and reduce their risk level to that of a non-smokers after quitting for 15 years.

Quitting smoking will also decreases the excess risk of many diseases related to second-hand smoke in infants and children including respiratory diseases like asthma.

Worldwide over 1 Billion people are casual and regular smokers with 80% of smokers being male according to WHO.

For many people who have nicotine dependencies quitting smoking is very difficult but not impossible, speak to your doctor about quitting.

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