PITTSBURGH – A 13-year-old boy who ended up in the hospital after smoking a synthetic form of marijuana has died a month after receiving a double-lung transplant.

Brandon Rice’s aunt told Channel 4 Action News that her nephew passed away at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday night.

Rice injured his lungs in August after smoking a substance known as K2 a synthetic THC, the psychoactive chemical in pot.

When Rice first went into the hospital his father, Raymond, said his son got the fake marijuana, also known as “Spice” from an older friend who bought it at a store in Uniontown.

Shortly after smoking the drug, the teen developed nausea, a full body rash, headaches and high fever. His father said the substance caused a chemical burn in Rice’s lungs.

The teen received a double-lung transplant on September 28. Rice’s aunt said his prognosis was so good, the family had begun sending out e-mails to help raise funds for transplants.

But less than 15 minutes after they sent the e-mails, Rice passed away.

Rice’s parents said they want other teens to know just how dangerous synthetic drugs can be.

Unknown so far, is whether charges have been brought against the providers of the drug.

Funeral arrangements for Rice have not been set.   Please pray for the family!

About josiahe

Watching closely, working to understand all I may, in this "Age of Information", even from my limited view, I can see much of what's going on ..... and I oft see it's going to impact all of us which is why I share it. My focus is to expose evil, and to serve my Lord and savior Jesus in whatever way He shows me. If one waits long enough, better writers will come along and comment; it's just that I have so little patience with the evil that lurks among us and I've wasted so much time and now, there is so little left! WELCOME!
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  1. Kaitlyn Laitinen says:

    He died this morning, not wednesday night.

    • josiahe says:

      Thank you for the correction; I didn’t change it; the date of the tragedy doesn’t seem that relevant. If you’re a family member or friend, my condolences. I prayed for my son for 25 years …. He’s clean and sober now for almost 8 years; my daughter, …. ???

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