Mum feared for daughter’s life after mouldy bedroom caused asthma attack

A mum feared for her daughter’s life after the little girl suffered a serious asthma attack due to horrific mould in their flat.

Paige Harvey’s seven-year-old daughter Lilly suffered the attack which prompted the need for oxygen while receiving treatment at St Peter’s Hospital.

It followed complaints to housing association A2Dominion which Ms Harvey claims were ignored after mould from a leak spread into her daughter’s bedroom.

SurreyLive reported Ms Harvey noticed Lilly struggling for breath before being sick which led to her mother calling 111 and an ambulance being sent to their home.

Ms Harvey, 27, said: “They sent the ambulance and the paramedic said ‘we need to get her to hospital now, she’s losing oxygen here.

“We got to the hospital and [she] got put straight on oxygen for three days. I thought I was actually going to lose my daughter.

“They couldn’t clarify when we got in the ambulance if she was going to be alright so it was very severe.

“I must admit I had to hold it together for my little girl because I didn’t want her to see me cry because I was in sheer panic. It was just a very traumatising thing.

“I was petrified but she pulled through and did so well, bless her. It was heartbreaking and the scariest thing I’ve ever witnessed. Even when she sleeps now I’m running in and out of her room checking in on her.”

In response to the issue, A2Dominion apologised to the pair for the ordeal and put them up in temporary housing while they worked to repair their old flat.

Ms Paige said her daughter continues to struggle with the memory of her experience which has been made even worse by the knowledge she has to return back to the flat which her mum believed brought on her attack.

“Despite assurances from A2Dominion that the flat is now safe she has demanded a new home for her family.

Dawn Wightman, director of housing at A2Dominion said: “We are sorry that our resident experienced some problems within her home.

“Following an investigation, we identified the cause of the issue was a leak coming from the bathroom of a neighbouring property. The owner has confirmed that this is now repaired.

“All works are now complete and our resident’s home is ready for her to move back into.

“We cannot permanently move our resident to another home as this would breach our nominations agreement with the local authority and would also disadvantage other residents who are in need of an urgent permanent move.”