Earlier today, I launched a hunt for ex-students who could give me one piece of advice for the class of 2016. As I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook, awaiting answers from said hunt, I came across a video that changed everything. You know when you’ve watched a thousand videos but there is just that one that stands out? Yeah, one of those videos.
The video started and there was a pregnant woman, all seemed happy as she held up placards detailing how she had a little boy called William, and a new bundle of joy on the way. Only, there was a twist to the tale, William had died. I couldn’t stop watching, but my heart was breaking. There is something about a parent talking about the loss of a child that really resinates inside you, right? William died of Sepsis, a condition that entails the body attacking itself as a result of infection. It can be something as simple as a burn from the oven, or an insect bite endured whilst enjoying a BBQ with friends, but there are 150,000 cases of Sepsis a year…and 44,000 of those result in death, did you know that is more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined?
I continued to watch the video, absolutely shocked at the fact that something so huge is so ignored, or simply not educated. Sepsis can kill so easily, as it can lead to multiple organ failure if not recognised and treated early on. The biggest cause of it is common bacteria that humans come into contact with every single day, something which normally doesn’t affect us, however there is a chance that the body can respond just once, and that once is all that it can take.
Melissa Mead, Williams mother, talks of her shock as she was initially told that the cause of death was ‘natural causes’ however the coroners inquest later found he died from treatable blood poisoning, or, Sepsis. This was caused by a chest infection.
The point of this post is to raise as much awareness as possible, to educate everybody about the risks of Sepsis. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and it is so highly needed, as only 1 in 3 Britons surveyed for by the The UK Sepsis Trust had even heard of the condition. The most shocking statistic of Sepsis perhaps, is that it doesn’t discriminate. No age, gender, or ethnicity is more, or less, at risk. The most vulnerable, however, are newborns and young children, as they have a weaker immune system.
So, what are the signs & symptoms of Sepsis?
Weakness, loss of appetite, fever and chills, excess thirst, difficulty breathing, a rapid heart beat and low blood pressure, as well as not being able to produce urine are all symptoms and signs of Sepsis.
and what can be done to treat or prevent Sepsis?
Treating the original infection with a course of antibiotics and having children vaccinated against various illnesses. However, antibiotics should only be used when absolutely necessary, as over the years infections and bacteria have grown a resistance to medication. Most importantly, familiarise yourself with the symptoms and signs. The earlier you catch it, the more likely it is to be treated.
Finally, what can you do?
|Text SEPS77 & Your Amount To 70070|
You can share this post, you can watch the video from Melissa here, and find her official blog page, A Mother Without A Child, here. You can also donate to The UK Sepsis Trust by texting SEPS77 with your amount (e.g £2.00 or £5.00) to 70070 – I did.
For more information, and to see how you can raise awareness by fundraising and volunteering, head to http://sepsistrust.org
Until next time,