My mom was 62 and had severe COPD and Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. She also may have had Asthma and some allergies to mildew. She was on constant oxygen delivered through a nasal canula and chair ridden, She would only get up to use the bathroom, a large wet towel was left in the bathtub which was showered on being used as a bathmat during a shower and wet again as other people took a shower, she was exposed to the fairly strong smell of mildew for 9 days, when she used the toilet which is 3 feet away from the tub, Her bedroom chair was 20 feet directly across from the tub and both bedroom and bathroom doors were left completely open all the time with bedroom and bathroom windows always closed, which means she may have been exposed to the smell of mildew constantly when she used the bathroom and sat in her chair which she only left to use the bathroom. Can this type of mildew exposure have made her sick enough to kill her?
That is a tough question to answer with certainty and my condolences to you if your mother has recently died. The combination of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) in and of itself is, unfortunately, a deadly one. The fact that she was chair ridden at a relatively young age and with a need for supplementary oxygen means her mortality risk is very high, regardless of any other factors (other medical problems, acute illnesses, etc). We know for sure that mildew, mold, and other pathogens exacerbate reactive airway disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and that environment certainly would not have been a healthy one for her. Under her circumstances, her death would certainly primarily be more associated with her underlying medical problems. Again, so sorry for your loss.
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