A British teacher whose story is reported by The Independent had flu-like symptoms. The 44-year-old’s condition deteriorated rapidly, so she was hospitalized, where it turned out to be sepsis. She was in a coma for 18 days. The woman survived, but both legs had to be amputated.
The first symptoms of the disease in 44-year-old Julianna Bransden, a teacher from the English county of Pembrokshire, appeared on New Year’s Eve. Then the woman was convinced that they were the harbinger of the developing flu. However, reports The Independent, when Julianna went to bed, her husband commented that she looked as if she had “fallen off a cliff”. The teacher’s condition deteriorated rapidly. – Julianna’s husband called the ambulance. They told him to give her paracetamol, but when she still wasn’t getting better, he called an ambulance,” said Linda Burgess, the mother of the 44-year-old. “I lost my half-sister in similar circumstances, so I was aware that people could get very seriously ill in a short period of time.”
She developed sepsis and had her legs amputated
At the hospital, it turned out that the woman’s condition was very serious. According to The Independent, the woman was in a coma for 18 days. She suffered from septic shock, two cases of cardiac arrest and acute multiple organ failure. Doctors determined that the 44-year-old woman developed sepsis as a result of an aggressive form of pneumonia caused by influenza. Bransden survived, but lost both legs. – It was only after she woke up that it was explained to us how large the scale of the infection was. We were devastated. Her hands were also severely affected, but it was her feet that were causing the problem and posing a risk to all organs. So we decided to amputation. When the source of infection disappeared, Julianna’s condition began to improve, the mother of the patient told the newspaper.
The teacher, a mother of two teenage children, is still in the hospital. In March, she left the intensive care unit. Her mother emphasized in an interview with “The Indenendent” that the 44-year-old, despite the disease that resulted in the loss of both legs, still smiles at every step. “The entire medical staff is delighted that she remains strong, resilient and accepts everything that happens to her,” Burgess said.
sepsis. What is this? How many people die from it?
Sepsis is a severe infection of the body with microorganisms, which – in the absence of immediate medical intervention – can lead to death or irreversible complications. It is often caused by meningococci, but it can also be caused by streptococci and hemophilic bacilli.
According to The UK Sepsis Trust, sepsis kills 44,000 people in the UK every year. A study published in January 2020 in the Lancet medical journal indicated that currently, 48.8 million people in the world suffer from sepsis every year, and as many as 11 million die from it. There are no exact data on Poland, but according to estimates presented on the government’s website, about 50,000 people suffer from sepsis annually. Poles, even every second infected person dies. Funds for the fight against sepsis were collected during this year’s final of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
“The Independent”, tvn24.pl
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