Born prematurely, Joseph was fighting for his life at just a few days old…
My little boy was born at 27 weeks gestation in May 2009. He weighed 1lb 7oz.
From the moment he was born, he had infections. These were aggressively treated with antibiotics, but on day 5 Joseph developed sepsis. He became gravely ill. When Joseph was born I knew that times would be tough but nothing could prepare me for “Mrs Hodges, Joseph has sepsis, we’re doing all we can, but we’re very sorry, he is unlikely to get through this, he’s just too small”
Joseph was born due to severe pre eclampsia, I had had two miscarriages, and now here I was on the cusp of losing my only child. We were fortunate that although we were in a Level 2 unit, the doctors fought and fought, and so did Joseph. They were on top of every little symptom, every little change. Endless antibiotics were pumped through to him. I never gave up hope, I couldn’t.
He is now 3. He walks, he talks, he hasn’t cost the NHS anymore money thankfully, he is fully caught up with his peers.
Sepsis nearly took my child. Sepsis is an issue for the smallest neonate, for healthy young people, for the elderly. Sepsis can happen to anyone. It’s a serious issue.
It’s very clear, with prompt diagnosis, sound protocols, effective treatments sepsis can be kicked into touch.