The family of a Hertford man are hoping a fundraising event later this month will help to raise awareness of Sepsis – and celebrate his life.
39-year-old David Charlton died in November last year, after picking up an infection when he cut his arm.
Around 37,000 people die every year as a result of the condition, according to NHS figures.
David’s sister Alison’s been telling BOB fm it came as a shock for everyone who knew the popular pub and club Hertford DJ: “He had cut his arm and felt a little bit poorly and then itv started to go septic. Being stubborn he wouldn’t initially go to the Doctors.
David finally went and was put on antibiotics at the hospital and started to feel a bit better.
He then took a turn for the worst and we ended up having to call an ambulance, because it had gone on to his chest as pneumonia. Just eight hours later he’d passed away in hospital with sepsis”.
Alison went on to say David had already been booked to DJ in the town, a night they’re now turning into a fundraiser: “It’s David’s 40th birthday, so we decided to carry on with the event and do it as a charity one. The money’s all going towards the UK Sepsis Trust, which we now know is a really good cause”.
A raffle raising money for the UK Sepsis Trust will be held at the now sold-out fundraiser, with tickets available from the Great Eastern Tavern in Hertford, The Lord Haig and the Saracens Head in Ware.
WHAT IS SEPSIS? (Source: The UK Sepsis Trust)
Sepsis could occur as the result of any infection. There is no one sign for sepsis. Sepsis is a serious condition that can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.
Seek medical help urgently if you develop any of the following:
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured
Sepsis in Children
If your child is unwell with either a fever or very low temperature (or has had a fever in the last 24 hours), just ask: could it be sepsis?
Any child who:
– Is breathing very fast
– Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion
– Looks mottled, bluish, or pale
– Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
– Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
– Feels abnormally cold to touch
Might have sepsis. Call 999 and just ask: could it be sepsis?
Any child under 5 who:
– Is not feeding
– Is vomiting repeatedly
– Hasn’t had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours
Might have sepsis. If you’re worried they’re deteriorating call 111 or see your GP.