$135 Million in Settlement to Family of Hospital’s Deceased Mold Victim

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$135 Million in Settlement to Family of Hospital’s Deceased Mold Victim


Tracy Fischer died in October 2014 after contracting a fungal infection at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. After staying in the same room in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit as two other patients who later died with fungal infections, Tracy Fischer also died.

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a specially ventilated room in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit was likely to have been the source of the mold. In the autopsy report, Dr. Jeffrey Nine, a UPMC pathologist wrote “To the best of my knowledge, this 47-year-old woman died of angioinvasive mucormycosis as a complication of post-transplant immunosuppression following orthotopic heart transplantation.”

After the mold outbreak at the hospital, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) suspended its transplant program for less than a week.

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600,000 books damaged by Mold

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A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be applied to fix the damage to 600,000 books damaged by mold while books were in storage underground in Columbia, although 100,000 of those books will be lost.

James Cogswell, Director of Libraries at the University of Missouri said there will be a partnership with Washington University and Missouri State University for replacement copies of missing documents.

The grant is for $400,000, and will be combined with insurance money to handle repair and replacement.


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Kanawha County Elementary: Mold Removal

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Mary Ingles Elementary in Kanawha County has mold issues and is scheduled for a mold clean-up to the tune of $155,000, which includes a new, non-leaking roof.

The school has apparently had lots of water issues for a long time. Campbell’s Creek elementary children will be glad to see it finished.

The due date is August, so next year kids at Mary Ingles Elementary will have a mold-free environment in which to matriculate.


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Mold in our Clothes

We have Mold in our close and we told that it might air born and if thats cases we need it taken care of soon please call at — xxx-xxxx

There is no question about it. Mold spores are carried in the air.

Generally if you just wash your clothes, you need to dry them thoroughly. Any clothes put away damp are going to mold. Clothes should be stored thoroughly dry. Washing and drying moldy close could completely solve the problem unless the clothes were moldy for a long period of time, which will degrade the material.

However we are not in the Phoenix area. You need to look locally for a Phoenix company for air quality testing and remediation.