Desperate mother releases footage of her eight-month-old daughter ‘still struggling to breathe’ in their mould-infested flat two months after being hospitalised for breathing difficulties
- WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
- Charlotte Green filmed her baby gasping for air in damp Lewisham home
- Dampness has been a problem for the London household for five years
- Greenwich Council has made rehousing the family a priority
An eight-month-old baby was seen gasping for air as a desperate mother filmed her in their mould-infested flat.
Mother-of-four, Charlotte Green, released footage of her daughter struggling to breathe as she continues to suffer with respiratory problems while living in their damp, ‘soaking wet’ home.
The baby was seen clasping onto an asthma pump just two months after being taken to hospital, where she had oxygen delivered through her nose until she was able to breathe by herself again.
The 26-year-old mother, of Lewisham, South East London, told The Mirror: ‘As soon as I walk into my bedroom that’s it, she starts coughing. I sit her up then put double pillows and blankets around her cot to keep the warmth in.’
Charlotte also said that her two-year-old son has suffered breathing difficulties and has been admitted to hospital on numerous occasions.
Another daughter has experienced allergic reactions including swollen eyes, which Charlotte fears could be driven by the mould problem in her home.
She continued: ‘It’s everywhere. You can literally smell it as soon as you walk in, as well as on clothes and toys. It is seeping through that badly.’
The baby was seen gasping for breath while clutching onto an asthma pump in the mould-infested Lewisham flat
Just eight months old, the child was recently rushed to hospital with bronchitis and had oxygen delivered through her nose until she was able to breathe on her own
The devastating video follows the death of Awaab Ishak who was just two years old when he died from a respiratory condition caused by prolonged exposure to mould in his Rochdale home.
Householders across Britain are facing the rising threat of a ‘mould epidemic’, worsened by the cost-of-living that has plagued the UK.
Charlotte claimed that surveyors assessed the house for disrepair and found that each wall had 30 per cent dampness – an acceptable level is under 10 per cent.
Dampness has been a problem for their two-bedroom London home for five years and Charlotte claims she has contacted Greenwich Council several times.
Mother-of-four, Charlotte Green, 26, said the mould is ‘everywhere’ in their London home
Dampness has been a problem for their two-bedroom home for five years and Charlotte claims to have contacted Greenwich Council numerous times
One of Charlotte’s children has suffered from swollen eyes, which she worries could be driven by the mould problem in her home
The council also said that it was ‘working hard’ to resolve Charlotte’s housing issue and has made rehousing the family a priority
She said that although temporary solutions have previously been put in place, this has not solved the problem overall.
Greenwich Council told The Mirror that ‘extensive repairs’ were conducted in September last year but the council will carry out further inspections in January to understand why the mould has returned.
The council also said that it was ‘working hard’ to resolve Charlotte’s housing issue and has made rehousing the family a priority.
However, it did warn that demand for rehousing is ‘extremely high’ given that mould is a ‘big concern’ for tenants.