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Parkinson's Disease Faced Head-On: Nobel Prize Winner's Wife Dies from Hypothermia

Sumire Negishi was dealing with dysautonomia

In the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, the symptoms become direr with the medication losing its effectiveness as one of the biggest concerns. In Sumire Negishi's circumstance, the biggest culprit to her demise could be due to dysautonomia. Here are some problems associated with this condition:

  • Inability to stay upright
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Temperature regulation problems
  • Low blood pressure

All these are difficult enough to counter. Add in the fact that advanced Parkinson’s disease may cause serious motor functions, as well as stiffness of the muscles. These could have contributed to Sumire Negishi’s succumbing to hypothermia that day.