‘True telly legend’ Keith Chegwin dies from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

TV presenter Keith Chegwin died at the age of 60 after months of suffering from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This is an incurable lung condition involving interstitial damage to the lungs, as certain hazardous minerals or substances cause the lining of the lungs to become thicker and stiffen; consequently making it more difficult to breathe and allow oxygen into the blood.

It is often difficult to determine what causes the condition; hence the name ‘idiopathic’, meaning ‘unknown cause’. However, where identifiable, some of the more common causes are smoking and occupational pollutants.

The legendary veteran TV presenter and entertainer will always be remembered for his British television and film stints in renowned classics like Sooty, Shaun of the Dead, Life’s Too Short, and many more.

What is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Every year, approximately 6,000 people in Britain are diagnosed with IPF, which generally affects those aged between 70 and 75; rarely affecting individuals under the age of 50. The condition causes sufferers to find breathing progressively difficult over time, sometimes resulting in bad reactions to treatment, heart failure, and chest infections. For those battling with the progressive lung condition and enduring a difficulty in breathing, IPF restricts oxygen from entering the bloodstream and causes stiffness in the lungs and air sacs, which can lead to further widespread complications.

There are three types of Lung Fibrosis:

  • Replacement fibrosis secondary to lung damage; for example, pneumonia, infarction, and tuberculosis.
  • Focal fibrosis in response to hazardous minerals, such as coal silica and inorganic/organic dust.
  • DPLD (diffuse parenchymal lung disease), which happens in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and extrinsic allergic alveolitis.

While the cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is often unknown, it is debated that genetics may be a factor. Therefore, if you and one of your family members were to simultaneously suffer from IPF, the disease would be referred to as ‘familial idiopathic fibrosis.’

What are the causes of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

  • Occasional or regular smoking.
  • Certain working environments that involve exposure to silica, asbestos, heavy metals or contaminated soil. In these cases, workers must be sufficiently protected by their employer.
  • Environmental factors; organic dust such as bacteria and animal proteins.
  • Chronic viral infections have been investigated as potential risk factors, with a focus on hepatitis C and Epstein-Barr viruses.
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease with micro-aspiration.

What are the symptoms of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis symptoms are similar to some work-related diseases like mesothelioma and pleural thickening, which can occur as a result of long-term exposure to asbestos. Such symptoms tend to include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A dry cough that persists for a long period of time
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • ‘Clubbed fingers’ or swollen fingertips

As recommended by the British Lung Foundation, if you have experienced these symptoms over a prolonged period of time, you must visit your local GP. Even if you have mild symptoms or just a few of them, an x-ray will determine whether or not your lungs are damaged.

How Cute Injury can help

If you have contracted a lung disease by breathing in hazardous particles, resulting in fibrosis or other damages to the lung tissue due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to claim compensation.

Although we understand that this will not ease your suffering, it could help you with covering the cost of medical treatment or any other expenses you have incurred as a result of the condition. At Cute Injury, we work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you are not out of pocket or faced with any upfront costs (something you would endure if you were not to claim with a NWNF policy).
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