Mold injured teen commits suicide. Mother pleads for laws to protect children.

Dear All,
The heartless mistreatment and discrimination of those severely injured by environmental exposures in this country has got to be made to stop.  On the night of August 16, 2015, a young boy of seventeen took his own life out of desperation and despair.  His name is Jared Dussault.  In the fall of 2014, he, his mother and two younger siblings were injured by molds in their apartment in the La Costa complex in Naples, Florida. They could find no one to help them regain their lives.
La Costa is owned and operated by Sentinel Real Estate Corporation.  Sentinel is one of the 50 largest apartment complex owners in the United States.
According to Jared’s mother, Kelli Kellum Dussault, they had mold in air conditioning ducts of their apartment.  The remediation to remove the mold was improperly done in mid-September by a maintenance man of the complex.  On October 2, 2014, a “professional” remediation company was hired to clean the ducts.  They did not set up proper containment while causing mold to be blown into the air of the apartment and all over the Dussaults’ possessions.
This caused the Dussault apartment to become uninhabitable for the family.  They began experiencing severe breathing difficulties almost immediately. Prior to any remediation work being done, La Costa complex managers were made aware that Jared’s little brother, Tyler, had severe allergies to the mold, aspergillus, requiring added precaution when remediating for his safety.
In a Power-Point presentation she made earlier this year while seeking help for the family, Dussault reported that Simpson Environmental Services was hired last October to perform professional quality remediation after the La Costa crew had botched the effort in September.  Simpson Environmental is owned by Florida State Senator Wilton Simpson.
According to documentation found in the power-point, after the living conditions were made worse — not better — by the unprofessional work of Simpson Environmental Services, consultants from Environ were then brought in to the matter to promote the concept that the mold in the apartment and the botched remediations had not injured the family.
In January of 2015, after their world had been turned upside down by well documented negligence, incompetence and misstatements of fact; the Dussault family was basically thrown out on the street with no help to pay for their living expenses or mounting medical bills.  They were evicted by La Costa’s management under the pretence that their consultant’s act of opening the wall to find painted over mold, violated their lease.
According to Dussault, other occupants of La Costa had also complained of mold problems in their units causing ill health.  The local code enforcement agency closed the case on Dussault’s complaint without issuing a single charge for the multiple violations cited in the complaint.
When seeking help for their illnesses, the Dussaults were referred from doctor to doctor with little to no relief of their symptoms.  Like so many mothers before her, Dussault then spent thousands of dollars to travel thousands of miles to seek the help of physicians trained to treat chronic, debilitating illnesses caused by mold. Physicians trained to treat Chronic Inflammatory Response Symptoms from Water Damaged Buildings (CIRS-WDB) are few and far between in this country.
It can be very difficult to be so sick, uncertain if one will ever be well again, and made to feel so small and unimportant — in large part because U.S. physicians are not being properly educated about the causes and effects of chronic, debilitating, environmental illnesses. The lack of informed help from the medical community, public health agencies and code enforcement agencies can and often does contribute heavily to the overwhelming burden of lives disrupted by debilitating environmental exposures.
The National Institute of Health recently issued a report which accurately states:
“Both society and the medical profession have contributed to ME/CFS [Chronic Fatigue] patients feeling disrespected and rejected. They are often treated with skepticism, uncertainty, and apprehension and labeled as deconditioned or having a primary psychological disorder. ME/CFS patients often make extraordinary efforts at extreme personal and physical costs to find a physician who will correctly diagnose and treat their symptoms while others are treated inappropriately causing additional harm. Overall, the debilitating effects of ME/CFS can result in financial instability due to the consequences of the illness (e.g., the loss of employment, home)”….economic burden estimated to be between $2 billion and $7 billion in the United States. ME/CFS results in major disability for a large proportion of the people affected.”
For children and adolescents, the isolation from their friends coupled with being sick and helpless, being out of a stable home environment with no possessions, and worrying about the future of their family members, can be particularly emotionally devastating.
Jared’s mother made this post on Facebook yesterday requesting that it be spread far and wide:
11896020_10207700561735338_7192290602441663344_nThe movie to which the mother refers is the documentary, MOLDY. It  was released earlier this year.  Please watch it for a greater understanding of what drives the chronically environmentally injured to suicide.
There is a Go Fund Me account which has been set up to help Kelli pay for her son, Jared’s, burial expenses. According to the funding website:
“Kelli has lost her son Jared tonight. They have been battling toxic mold poisoning. She’s gone beyond her means to do everything for these kids. She’s moved across country this month just to have them in a city with better air quality to help them heal. She’s spent her last funds to make this move. Please help her to take care of burying her child while caring for her family.”
Pictures of Jared Dussault in September of 2014 and February of 2015, as taken from his mother’s Power Point presentation: jared pdf-page-001
Please honor his mother’s wishes and spread Jared Dussault’s message far and wide. Like many other children debilitated by moldy living environments, this child was somebody who was made to feel like he was a nobody.
May this young man, who life was cut short and ended tragically in despair because of perverse, money-motivated politics over environmental illnesses in the United States, rest in peace.
Our heart-felt condolences to Kelli, Jared’s younger siblings and all the Dussault family.
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13 Responses to Mold injured teen commits suicide. Mother pleads for laws to protect children.

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  2. I’m so sorry this happened to Jared. My heart aches for your loss. I’ll put something up about this beautiful boy who already went through so much. May he rest in peace and his legacy live on. I will check out the movie, Moldy, also.

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  4. runningformoney says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your son. My grandson just had a seizure and his liver is enlarged all because of mold exposure. They also did a sputum test and it was full of mold spores he is only 7 months old. I am so scared for his health.
    My daughter has had terrible headaches. They moved immediately and now are looking for a mold free place to live.
    Mold is deadly and I hope something is done.

  5. katy says:

    Kelli, I am so sorry for your loss. My girls were teens when we suffered the fallout of a botched remediation. I had homeowners insurance, was able to buy another house, and ultimately received a sizable settlement. Even with those advantages it was still extremely hard on them. The emotional toll and this discrimination of environmentally injured children and teens has to be made to stop. That’s why I’ve stayed so long in this issue. I will help you get Jared’s voice heard loud and clear, so no other children suffer the discrimination and injury that your cvhildren have. Again, Kelli, my heart goes out to you.

  6. kelli Dussault says:

    Sharon did not know you wrote this article, great job and very well written. Thank you for taking the time to write this for my son Jared. They made a promise to my son when he went before the legislators and spoke about the corruption so I intend to demand a follow through on that promise. I know there are many more who stand behind me.. I know we have alot of work to do. Losing my son, was by far the worst thing imaginable. All I am asking for now is that my son’s voice be heard
    .

  7. Linda Robinson says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with you. We too have had a mold issue in our house that has become a depressing and continual medical problem for our family.
    The search for medical care is exactly as you described it. Endless and expensive.
    Remediation was done without containment and the mold dust was throughout the house after duct cleaning. The illness caused by these molds are incapacitating. I am so sorry for your loss. Mold is linked to depression because of its affects on the central nervous system. God bless.

  8. M smith says:

    My heart goes out to you in your loss and struggle for Justice. The details of this preventable tragedy and corruption is familiar to me. Good luck and I will watch and promote the Movie. M

  9. Dina Padilla says:

    Growing up in a humid state, we all knew about the effects of mold and especially our doctors knew. So any doctor in medicine today who doesn’t know about the ill effects of mold should not get their medical license.
    I am sorry about your son, Kelli and thank you Sharon for bringing this story to light. Any business like apartment owners who don’t clean up mold should be held on manslaughter charges at the very least..There is just no reason for this. But hopefully, Jared’s story will help enlighten our medical community and of course the rest of the world.

  10. Chris says:

    Thank you, Sharon, for composing this article. What a wonderful tribute to Jared. May his life and death shine a bright light on such a critical issue.

  11. Suzanne Dussault says:

    Thank you so much for writing this article. I’m Jared’s grandmother and I will miss him so very much. He was a wonderful, loving, intelligent, human being who made a difference in the world when he was alive, and in his death, he is still making a difference by making people aware of the suffering he and his mom and brother and sister have endured.

  12. Sandy Wolfe says:

    Great article Sharon. Thank you for thinking of Kelli’s family.

  13. Lisa says:

    So sorry for the loss of your precious son, Jared. I can’t imagine your pain. Praying for you and your family to heal and keep his legacy alive. Such injustice is done over and over and it needs to stop!

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