This is in loving memory of my dad, who passed away on January 12, 2009. 75 years old.
He had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). More specifically, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is defined as a distinctive type of chronic fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause associated with a histological pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP).
Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) is a disease in which the lungs get scarred. Since the lungs need to be spongy and air-filled to work properly, they cannot function well if they turn into scar tissue. They are unable to pass the oxygen to the blood. Most of the time, the reason for the scarring is unknown.
There is currently no consensus on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Hence, none of what follows should be taken as specific advice regarding therapy, as the latter is a decision that must be made on a case-by-case basis in individual patients.
There is no effective treatment at the present time.
On the evening of January 9 he began to get ill and during the weekend it got worse. Sunday evening he was hospitalized. I was 5 minutes away from the hospital when the news about his death reached me - by phone.
Camera: Nikon D200
Focal length: 27mm