Cordero Caples, a 29-year-old from Tennessee, has been left hospitalized in critical condition after an electronic cigarette exploded in his face.
The man suffered from fractured vertebrae, facial fractures, and dental damage according to Huffington Post. Now the photos from his hospital bed that show the tragic damage to his face and neck have gone viral online, as a warning about the dangers of electronic cigarettes.
His sister described his future painful recovery.
“It’s going to be a long, intensive recovery process,’ She told Fox13 News.
Caples has already gone through surgery due to his injuries, and the long-term impact of his injuries is not yet known. His sister told WMC that sudden movements might leave him paralyzed.
He has a one-year-old daughter, who is apparently being cared for by family at this time.
His sister, Colossi Porter shared a GoFundMe page in an effort to help cover his medical and recovery costs.
It isn’t yet clear what caused the device to explode while he used it, however some speculate that he may have been using the wrong battery for the model he was smoking from.
An employee from a Memphis smoke shop said that if Caples was using a battery too powerful, it would cause his device to overheat—which could have led to the explosion.