My son died from sleep apnea, in his sleep, with CPAP.
by Joan Kincey
(Woking Surrey UK)
My son, Michael, was diagnosed with sleep apnoea four yrs before he passed away suddenly in his sleep in November 2010, he always wore his cpap mask without fail ,unfortunately,it didnt save his life.
When I look back now, my son had snored very loudly for quite a few years,and it was treated as a joke,we had never even heard of sleep apnoea.
My son had always snored extremely loudly,which we all joked about. That is until he was staying with me one weekend,and I heard him making this awful choking sound.
I rushed in to him, and he then told me this happened quite often.
I insisted he went to see his GP when he got back home, which he did, and was referred to a sleep clinic.
He was assessed over night,and was told he had sleep apnoea ,and supplied more or less immediately with cpap equipment, which as I said before he never failed to use.
If went away overnight he always took it with him.
I now think he had been suffering with this a long time before he was diagnosed, therefore all his organs in his body had been overworked, as we now know they can as I have since found out much to my regret.
Wen they carried out a post mortem on my son the Coroner stated sleep apnoea, as main cause, and a partially blocked left ventricle in his heart.
My son was 46 yrs old.
If we had only known just what this was... but due to lack of awareness,and ignorance, we had absoluteley no idea. Had we been better informed my son might still be wih us...
Since he passed away I have tried my best to make others aware how serious,sleep apnoea can be, as I would hate anyone to go through what I have and still am due to ignorance.
Also by doing this it is helping me come to terms with the tragic death of my dear son Michael.
I also feel he wont have died in vain ,if my story helps anyone else,
Sincerely, Joan Kincey (a sad mum)