If you were told that there is a silent killer in Australia that takes the lives of up to half the people who get it each year—more than 5000 people—would you know what it is? If you were told that it can strike anyone of any age and kills more people than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, would that narrow it down?
According to experts, if you have no idea what the condition is, you’re not the only one. Most people have never heard of sepsis, have no idea what it is, and don’t know what they can do about it. Some people think that you can only get sepsis from being in the hospital, but the majority of people who get sepsis develop the initial infection outside of the hospital. In fact, sepsis can develop from any infection, even a cut or a skin infection.
In this week’s podcast episode, to commemorate Sepsis Awareness Month, Marni will be speaking with Caitlin Alsop.
Caitlin is a sepsis survivor. 2 years ago, a skin rash was the only symptom she had, to a tooth infection she wasn’t aware of, which nearly took her life, causing Ludwig’s Angina and severe sepsis. She was in a coma for 9 days.
She was thankful to survive and determined to make a difference in the world, give back to the hospital and spread awareness for sepsis. It was in that hospital bed that she had the realisation that she had been given a second chance at life. Caitlin wears her scars from that near-death experience proudly, so that others feel okay about theirs too.
Don’t miss this episode!
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World Sepsis Day: https://www.worldsepsisday.org/wsd2020
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