Back in January, after four days of experiencing a pain in my left leg that I thought came from stretching whilst painting my bathroom, I finally faced my GP to enquire on a remedy for this old codger so I could continue my decorating activities and put a smile on the face of my better half.

My GP saw that my left leg had turned red and, on taking my BP at 70/40, said A & E at Heath Hospital was to be my express destination as she had guessed Cellulitis had taken hold.She was kind enough to drive me back in my car to home and then request the Ambulance.

On arriving at University Hospital Wales HeathPark,I can recall  being received in the Assessment Unit but nothing more till eleven days later when I was woken from my induced coma and  moved to a High Dependency Ward from Intensive Care.

It would appear that whilst I was in ICU, breahting and kidney support equipment plus a collection of other hi-tech devices  had supported my life functions as the infection had progressed to sepsis overwhelming my body.

Those twelve dark days showed the strength and depth of your team to effect a complete recovery to a seventy year old patient that had one leg in the grave before treatment had commenced!

How fortunate I am that the depth of knowledge held by your clinical and Nursing staff along with the massive investment in electronic life support equipment here, on my doorstep, was so readily available to drag me back into the living world from what might have been an unfortunate statistic.

My rehabilitation, starting with a constant flow of well-wishers in hospital which was a tonic, is still ongoing some five months later but by kind and sympathetic treatment from Nursing, Physio, GP Staff and Leisure Centre people I am well on my way to full mobility.

My better half – Irene – was a Rock through those dark sinister days but your team knew the answer to achieving my survival for which I thank you and them at the NHS for bringing me back to the bright light of day- knowing that the promises made by Hippocrates and, many centuries later, Aneurin Bevan, still apply today.

Well done the NHS !

With my deepest gratitude.

Rod Delamere

by Dr Ron Daniels

Ron is Chief Executive and one of the founders of the Trust; he developed his passion for improving systems for Sepsis during his Role as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, and his parallel role as CEO of the Global Sepsis Alliance. He is a recognised world expert in sepsis and lectures internationally.

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