Last Thursday I was honoured to have been invited to the launch of Amanda Prowse's new novel, Three and a half Heartbeats at the Bankside Vaults or Pulse, in London to raise awareness for Sepsis. All proceeds from Three and a half Heartbeats are being donated to the UK Sepsis Trust.

The UK Sepsis trust was founded in 2012 by Dr Ron Daniels to raise awareness of the devastating disease, to help save lives and educate the general public as well as medical professionals.

The event was a huge success, the venue was amazing, the staff serving delicious canapes and drinks were extremely attentive and working so hard, after schmoozing with various celebrities and taking lots of photos we were ushered to the stage to listen to a reading of Three and half Heartbeats from Amanda herself. Then, we listened to one of the most heart breaking speeches I have ever witnessed by the actor Jason Watkins, reading the  report of the tragic death of his young daughter Maude.

This was the moment when sepsis became more than a word, seeing a father describe the moments up to and after his precious daughter died due to a deadly disease that we know too little about made me sick to my stomach.

What is Sepsis?*

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated promptly. 

Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer's body, any may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites. 

Sepsis can be caused by a huge variety of different bugs, most cases being caused by common bacteria which we all come into contact with every day without them making us ill. Sometimes, though, the body responds abnormally to these infections, and causes sepsis.

Symptoms of Sepsis:

Due to sepsis being caused by the result of absolutely any infection, fevers and high temperatures can be an immediate indication. There are no definitive symptoms of sepsis which is what makes this disease so deadly, the only way that sepsis can be quickly diagnosed and treated is if you and I are aware that it is a possibility. I hope that anyone reading this post can finish it, being aware of the existence of sepsis and the possibility that you or someone you know could have it. 

As soon as you suspect yourself or someone else may have sepsis call 999 or you doctor and tell them you are worried about sepsis. 

If you want to raise awareness for the UK Sepsis Trust you can buy Three and a half Heartbeats by Amanda Prowse for £1.19 here 

*All information was provided by the UK Sepsis Trust 

I would personally like to thank Amanda for inviting me to attend the event but more importantly for making me aware of sepsis and, inspiring me to raise awareness through this post.

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