Wednesday 20 June 2018

Man (20) has 'lungs of 80-year-old' because of chronic cannabis habit, court hears

The court heard how man’s cannabis habit is so bad that surgeons had to remove part of his lung

Kye Lumbard
Kye Lumbard

Alan Sherry

A 20-year-old Kildare man before the courts on multiple drugs offences has the lungs of an 80-year-old man and was warned by doctors he might not see 21 because of a chronic cannabis habit.

Kye Lumbard (20), from Hawkfield, Newbridge, appeared in Naas District Courtin December in relation to a number of drugs related charges, including possession of cannabis herb, cannabis resin and cocaine at his home in January 2016.

His mother Michelle told the court how Kye’s cannabis habit is so bad that surgeons had to remove part of his lung.

They also told him he had lungs like an 80-year old and faced the possibility of being dead by 21 if he did not stop.

Kye underwent the operation on his lungs in December 2016 but continued to smoke cannabis for a number of months last year, before being arrested again, this time in possession of cannabis valued at over €1,300.

He told the Sunday World his mother’s comments in court about his lungs were not exaggerated.

“That’s what the surgeon said to me after I had the operation,” Kye said.

Asked if the surgeon’s comments worried him, he replied: “It did, but I couldn’t help myself, my addiction was that strong.”

Michelle said that Kye’s addiction caused major trauma to both him and his family. She said his mental health had been affected and his younger sister, who adores him, has been very upset over it. Michelle told a previous court hearing how she found it very difficult to get help for her son despite her best efforts and she asked the judge to help her.

Kye told the court he came to realise the devastation his drug taking caused his family and that he had stopped smoking cannabis and secured a place on a drug treatment course in Coolmine.

He appeared in court last month in relation to possession of cannabis herb, cannabis resin and cocaine at his home in January 2016.

He is also due to appear in court on separate charges relating to the seizure of more than €1,300 worth of cannabis at Boherhole in Clane on May 7 last year.

That case has been adjourned until March 28. He also has court appearances in February and April in relation to possession charges.

Last year a teen in the U.S. was refused a life-saving lung transplant after he tested positive for marijuana. He was refused a transplant in Utah due to drug use.

He later received the transplant in Philadelphia, but died as a result of complications last April.

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