My 86 yr-old father broke his hip several years ago, and as a consequence of the impeded blood flow, lost the use of one of his legs from the knee down. That along with peripheral artery disease and other serious health problems has left him bedridden.
He has now developed gangrene in that foot. Because of his poor overall health, age and low quality of life he has chosen to not have it amputated, and intends to allow the gangrene to kill him. And after years of seeing so many doctors, suffering through many, many hospitalizations and surgeries, he has refused to see any more doctors or be hospitalized. He is ready to die and wants to do it at home. He does have a hospice nurse who checks him regularly.
My question: How long does this kind of gangrene take to kill someone ? (It is the"wet" kind, foul-smelling, and very painful.) And what is the progression of the disease?
My mom, who is his primary caregiver, is completely in the dark since he will not go to a doctor anymore. I'm sure the answer depends on how strong the person is, but I am looking for a range. Weeks, months? And what can we expect as it progresses?