For others, the wait is not for a device, but for answers. Even with conditions where a clear link can be made, such as smoking and lung cancer, the disease can take years to manifest, said Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association.
“I think it’s a wait-and-see to really look at epidemiological studies to see if there’s a causal relationship based on patients who used the device and those who didn’t,” Dr. Rizzo said. .
Adding a layer of complexity, Klink said foam with added flame retardant chemicals, a class that has been separately linked to cancer and reproductive harm, was only present in the company’s ventilators, representing approximately 5% of recalled devices. The company also issued an independent recall in September due to contaminated plastic releasing toxic chemicals in less than 400 respirators.
Mr Shiffler, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said his wife never drank alcohol or smoked before the aggressive lung cancer set in. He derisively watched a video of the former chief executive of Philips, keeping device users safe: He can strap Joleen’s device at night for two years, Mr Shiffler said, “and we’ll see how you get away with it on a PET scan.”
The sense of betrayal also runs deep in 76-year-old Tillie O’Kelley. After her replacement device landed with a thud on her doorstep, she put it away in a closet. She preferred to use a device from another company.
She traced a decline in her health when she started using a Philips CPAP in 2014. Prior to that, she was active, leaning on her South Florida home, making stained glass and scuba diving. marine in Cozumel, Mexico, where the water was so clear, she recalls, you could forget you were underwater.
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