October 2011, actually 27th October, my birthday and at 3.20 am the day Lizzie Jobes was welcomed into heaven by her saviour. (You can read my initial post about Lizzie here). The preceding hours had introduced us to lots of medical terms and phraseology. The weeks after, as we received information from the local health protection unit and news of our situation spread, we heard lots more.
One short word we heard about in that time was Sepsis. Such a short word but a massive illness, with staggering statistics and devastating, heartbreaking effects. Unbiased in its victims and brutally quick in taking effect.
• Sepsis is the current term for septicaemia, or blood poisoning. When the body starts to fight an infection it can trigger the immune system to go into overdrive, damaging the body’s own tissues and organs. Untreated, sepsis leads to multiple organ failure and death.
• If diagnosed and treated in the first hour following presentation with sepsis, the patient has more than an 80% survival rate. After the sixth hour, the patient only has a 30% survival rate.
• In the UK, it’s estimated that we see 102,000 cases of severe sepsis every year, with a staggering 37,000 deaths.
• Sepsis is one of the biggest direct causes of death in pregnancy in the UK.
• It consumes over a third of our most expensive hospital beds in Intensive Care and costs the NHS around £2.5 billion a year.
Last month saw the launch of Best-selling novelist Amanda Prowse tenth novel entitled “Three and a half Heartbeats” and she has generously pledged every penny to the UK Sepsis Trust. Amanda says: “Someone I knew was tragically affected by sepsis. Her daughter died. When I looked at the figures, I knew I wanted to do something.”
Amanda’s book takes the reader on an emotional journey of parents Grace and Tom Penderford fighting to save their marriage after their healthy daughter Chloe, aged three, dies, following a routine operation.
This is not the first time Amanda has donated the proceeds of one of her books to charity. On Remembrance Day 2012, Amanda made headlines with her debut novel Poppy Day. She donated all her royalties to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, receiving widespread military and celebrity support.
Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust and frontline NHS consultant, comments: “Sepsis is a cruel and indiscriminate killer. Amanda’s kindness will have a transformative effect on our charity so that we can continue raising awareness amongst the public and medical profession.
The kindle book is an amazingly good price of £1.89 and ALL proceeds go to the charity. I have downloaded a copy in support of this cause I hope you will too!