My 3 year old son max died on Feb 3rd 2015, after being diagnosed with mumps (even though fully vaccinated) a week before. He was very poorly, and I had taken him to bath RUH the day the swelling came up after speaking to a nurse on the 111 service.
The doctor thought it was mumps or a mumps like virus (although this part wasn’t made clear to us) and sent us home. We got him seen twice by 2 separate GP ‘s due to him still remaining poorly days after and his swelling changing colour and becoming spotty, to be told it was the nature of the virus and to ride it out. He rapidly deteriorated 7 days after the swell in first appeared and the ambulance crew arrived minutes before he arrested. They tried for an hour to save him but he was gone.
Post mortem showed he had an invasive strep A infection, and an extremely large abscess in his neck which led to sepsis. They cannot rule out that he had mumps in the first instance due to the virus being gone by the time post mortem was carried out, but this was believed to be unlikely due to him having the vaccine.
We are of course devastated, and the main point of all this really I guess is that sepsis comes from infection….too many people are dying un-necessarily due to a lack of knowledge from medical professionals to make correct diagnosis in the first instance. Max would still be here if he had been given a course if antibiotics, or been sent in for further testing.
Just to note- max didn’t show any signs of sepsis until right before he passed away. Until that point it was signs of infection he was showing (not that I knew that at the time- of course now I’m fully educated in warning signs of EVERYTHING