If you were to look up "Pleural Effusion".... this is what it would look like.
Image on right- BEFORE chest tube, image on left- AFTER chest tube.
Blue circle is around his poor lung that had no space to expand, giving him little room to breathe.
He is feeling much better, with those 700cc's of fluid out of his chest.
Quotes regarding x-ray-
"If you threw a dart at that image you couldn't HELP but hit the effusion!" --cardio surgeon
"THAT is IMPRESSIVE!" --PICU nurse
"It's HUGE." --NP
"A Janitor could look at that and say that's alot of fluid.." --Dr. Stevens