My Mum, Pauline, is a theatre nurse in the hospital that saved my life.
Ive attached a photo from the diary that Pauline kept for me during my 10 week stay at Good Hope in 2005.
I am now fully recovered thanks to the speedy treatment I received at Good Hope! …but I am very aware of how close I came to leaving behind my wonderful husband and 5 year old son.
I spent 3 weeks in ITU on a ventilator and apparently had many complications during the first few weeks. I had a long, difficult recovery with lots of physio, I had to learn to walk again which was difficult due to the damage to my feet caused by sepsis. I often wonder what part Xigris played in my recovery and what would have happened if I hadnt been given the drug.
I had returned from a 10 day holiday in Devon only the day before, with a sore throat and flu-like symptoms. I deteriated overnight and thankfully my husband called an ambulance the following day as I had developed pain in my chest and back and was struggling to breathe. The ambulance technician was reluctant to take me to hospital, suspecting I had pulled a muscle from coughing and suggested I went back to bed. My readings showed a high heart rate and low blood pressure but he didnt suspect sepsis. Despite my reduced awareness, I remember insisting I went with him as I knew something was seriously wrong. On admission to A&E, sepsis was very quickly diagnosed, caused by a streptococcus throat infection and pneumonia and I was transferred to ITU. I was later told that if treatment had been delayed for a further 20 minutes, I would have died.
It was a very difficult time for me and my family and we will never forget how lucky we are. I am one of the lucky ones who made a full recovery and to top it all we went on to have a beautiful little girl 2 years later – how lucky am I!
I owe everything to the wonderful team at Good Hope and their swift actions – Thank you!