Julie joins national health campaign

Sepsis survivor Julie Carman who is part of a national campaign to raise awareness.
Sepsis survivor Julie Carman who is part of a national campaign to raise awareness.

A Kelbrook sepsis survivor has joined a national campaign in an attempt to get the deadly blood poisoning condition higher up the health agenda.

Julie Carman (58) of Quernmore Drive, Kelbrook, travelled to Westminster earlier this month for a rally on World Sepsis Day to highlight the potentially fatal infection which kills 37,000 people a year.

There, she was joined by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson who signed the sepsis pledge, and a host of other like-minded MPs, health professionals and other individuals affected by sepsis keen to see awareness of it raised.

Six weeks after a cycling accident in 2008, Mrs Carman fell ill and spent several days in hospital. After being deemed well enough to go home she had a reoccurrence.

On both occasions, a series of delays meant she did not receive the effective treatment she needed straight away.

Mrs Carman said: “One doctor told me I was lucky to be alive. At one hospital there was an 18 hour delay in giving me antibiotics, and then the second time there was a six hour delay.

“I now know that if you have blood poisoning, every hour you go without antibiotics increases your chance of dying by eight per cent.”

She added: “Most infections are self limiting or respond well to antibiotics but if you or a member of your family feels increasingly unwell and has two of the following: slurred speech; extremely painful muscles; passing no urine (in a day); severe breathlessness; ‘I feel like I might die’; skin mottled or discoloured, it is important to seek medical advice immediately.”

Visit www.patientstories.org.uk to hear Mrs Carman’s story.