My mum died 26th June 2010 from Sepsis.
She had been on the waiting list for a new liver for a few months, and been in hospital in Glasgow for those few months until the 14th June 2010 when my mum called us to say that they had a liver and she was getting transferred to Edinburgh where, all being well and everything being fine with the donor liver, the transplant would go ahead.
My family and I were all so excited and scared at the same time but were looking forward to the future with my mum being healthy again.
Once we arrived at the hospital they did all kinds of tests before she could go to theatre. But as the night became morning my mum still hadn’t been taken to theatre. They said she had an infection and that the transplant could not go ahead. My heart sank. One minute we were all on a high and then brought back down to earth with a big BANG.
We left the hospital that day so deflated, but thought as soon as the infection clears up she will be a priority again and hopefully we would not have to wait that long.
My dad stayed in Edinburgh with my mum as we live about an hour’s drive away, so due to family and work commitments and childcare (my son was too young to be allowed in the ward that she was in) I never got back to see her until the Sunday 20th June. When I saw her I was horrified- she was on a kidney dialysis machine and she looked so sick. I had asked the medical staff why and they had said that due to the infection they were helping her kidneys function but she was doing ok .
I left the hospital that day thinking my was doing ok, especially when the medical staff tell you that they are fine, you do tend to believe them, how wrong was I?! The following Saturday, 26th June, I was due to go on holiday with my family. Every night in the run up to that weekend I phoned the hospital and they said my mum was doing ok and I believed them. On the Friday (25th June) I felt that I HAD to go and see her before I went on holiday. As soon as I arrived I was met by my dad at the doors who told me that the doctors had just told him that my mum had less than 2 days to live. OMG I could not believe it. I rushed to my mums bedside and spoke to the doctor. He said that they had tried everything to help her but my mum was too ill to fight the infection.
My mum died in the early hours of the 26th June 2010, she never even lasted the 2 days.
My family and I left the hospital that morning thinking it was due to her illness that she died but we only found out that it was SEPSIS when we read the death certificate.
I didn’t even know what that was until I came home and looked up the internet! The hospital never even explained to us what it was.
I believe that the hospital in Glasgow should have picked up on my mum’s condition if they had been looking after her properly. They deemed her fit to travel to Edinburgh and it was there that they discovered the infection that killed her.
If the medical staff were more aware of the signs and symptoms of SEPSIS maybe, just maybe they could have caught it before it spread and she would have got her transplant and be here today with all her family who love and miss her so much.