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Izzy Ramirez shares hospital room with DHS teen afflicted by vape illness

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Izzy Ramirez and Zane Martin

LOMA LINDA, Calif. -

Rancho Mirage High School student Izzy Ramirez finishes up his time in a rehabilitation hospital, but not before getting a new roommate. A teenager from Desert Hot Springs who nearly died from vaping is now Izzy’s roommate.

Both Coachella Valley teens are recovering from near-death incidents.

“I saw him on the news and was like isn’t that the football player that had a brain aneurysm or something? And then he came over to my room," Zane Martin said.

News Channel 3's Caitlin Thropay speaks with Izzy's loved ones about his recovery

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Martin, 15, from Desert Hot Springs nearly died from vaping and is now staying in the same room as Rancho Mirage High School football player Izzy Ramirez who suffered a serious brain injury a month ago.

Zane Martin, 15, from Desert Hot Springs recovering in hospital after nearly dying from vaping. Courtesy: KABC

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“I do believe it’s God that put us together because I believe he needs support and all the support I’ve been getting I think we need to share it with him," Ramirez said.

Martin is expected to be at Totally Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Loma Linda for up to three months, but Izzy is helping him stay hopeful on getting out soon.

“They said that he was going to be here for months and he got out in three weeks," Martin said.

“I believe he’s going to make it out of here quickly, as long as he does the work he’s going to get out of here fast,” Ramirez said.

They’ve only been roommates for four days but have already formed a unique bond.

“I believe in him," Ramirez said. "He’s a young kid, he’s got it!”

But just as one Coachella Valley teen settles into a new hospital room, one of them is leaving.

“I’m blessed to leaving tomorrow and thank you for all the support and all the love," Ramirez said. "I really appreciate it all," he added.

Izzy, who has made major strides still has one more surgery to go where doctors will reconstruct his skull.

“This was a big situation that went on in my life, a big bump in my road but I got over it finally and I’m leaving tomorrow,” Ramirez said.

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Caitlin Thropay

Caitlin Thropay is the Weekend Morning Anchor and Lifestyle Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3, The Desert’s News Leader. Learn more about Caitlin here.


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