Sepsis: the most preventable cause of death in the world.
Sepsis is a life-threatening complication of infectious diseases and is associated with high mortality. Every 2.8 seconds, someone dies as a result of sepsis, according to the Global Sepsis Alliance. Sepsis, or "blood poisoning”, is the body's response to an infection. It can be caused by wounds or urinary tract infections, bacterial meningitis, but also viral infections such as COVID-19 or influenza. Sepsis can lead to organ damage, damage to the immune system, and ultimately organ failure. People with weakened immune systems may be more likely to be affected by sepsis.
“The first time I heard the word sepsis, I had already woken up from the coma and I think it was my mother who told me what happened. I just remember that it didn't seem bad to me. I thought: Well, you were very ill, but I'm sure you'll get better quickly, as always. The nurses were all very surprised when they saw me after the coma, that I was still alive. Some of them, after returning from a two-week vacation, stared at me and I didn't understand why. My mother tried to explain to me that many of them hadn't believed that I would survive."
What do you remember?
“After a few days or weeks, I don't remember exactly, I gradually understood that the whole thing almost cost me my life. And of course, I was super grateful at first and was able to deal with the situation in a relatively relaxed way. Which also surprised many people.
To be honest, I was also surprised myself, because if someone had told me in the past that I would almost die and lose my legs, I would have said, "Alright, then please let me die."
Basically, my body was fighting against itself, and I almost lost the battle. To put it simply. But my body was still strong enough to say, "No, it's not over yet, you can go on living", and I am happy, despite everything. I have everything I need. I have an apartment, I have a great partner by my side, I have a great family, and you have to keep reminding yourself of that.
Of course, I hope that research continues, that more development of medications will take place, so that perhaps such measures as amputation, in the worst case, would no longer be necessary or could be delayed even further.”