My mother has had copd/emphesyma for the last 10 years, she was recently told she is in the final stages of the codp. Currently she has pneom in the right lung, and is coughing up sputum, her legs are swelled so that she can't walk, she can't make it more than 5 ft without collapsing. The doc has given her everything that he can give her for the copd, and emphy. Mom also has survived cancer, and triple bypass, and has diabetes. What is the life expectancy once you reach the final stages of copd? Will it be the copd that finally takes, her or will it be another part of the body that fails? OH, and she is severly anemic due to a loss of iron somewhere in the body.