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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. Learn more about the symptoms of sepsis, which kills 270,000 Americans each year.

Faces of Sepsis

The stories here have been shared by sepsis survivors and by those who loved them. The goal is to educate the public about sepsis and how it affects those who have sepsis and their families.

Keith Whatley


I went into septic shock in December of 2016 due to a perforated bowel obstruction caused by my J-pouch that was inserted from being diagnosed with F.A.P. (familial adenomatous polyposis) when I was 16 years old. (Sepsis and Perforated Bowel) I was in a coma for a week and I wrote this poem of my journey to not only tell my story, but to let other survivors know they are not alone and not going crazy like I did. And to also inform friends and family of survivors of what they may be going through and to show them that …

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Christian Wong

Survivor, Tribute

Our son, Christian was a healthy, active loving 5-year-old with no history of medical issues. During our normal Sunday morning, he had woken up with a raspy voice and a slight fever. To us, we had thought he might have gotten a cold so we gave him fever/cold medication and he seemed fine afterward. During the evening, he developed a gagging cough where we had thought he was going to throw up. The gagged cough occurred once and eventually, he fell asleep. About two hours later, he woke up letting us know that he could not breathe. My husband took …

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Stella Hall

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Stella Kay Hall was born on 7/8/17 at 2:02 am in the morning. She was 6 lbs and 8 ounces of pure joy. Stella was twin B. She was welcomed into this world with her twin brother, Nash. They were the perfect addition to our family. Stella loved to be held. She was the sweetest girl. After a trip to Colorado for spring break, Stella spiked a fever. We took her in to our pediatrician immediately the next morning, Monday 3/19/18. She was diagnosed with a viral infection.  They performed a deep suction on her and told us she had …

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Beth Burns

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December 19,2018, I went to the hospital expecting to have a routine outpatient laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). (Sepsis and Surgery) My surgeon kept me in the hospital another day and a gastroenterologist completed an endoscopic procedure to remove stones from a bile duct and inserted a stent in my bile duct on Thursday afternoon. Sometime in the early morning hours of Friday, December 21st my husband was contacted by the hospital because I was in excruciating pain. After my blood pressure tanked, they had to split my abdominal muscles in half to clean out my abdominal cavity because I had …

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Demetrius Purvis

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My life changed forever on July 19, 2015, when I lost the love of my life, my best friend, my husband Demetrius Purvis to this awful, scary and mysterious disease called sepsis. My husband was a healthy 37-year-old, who had recently lost weight. He walked our dogs three miles and day and thought he was doing everything right to ensure we’d be together till we were old and gray. My husband had decided to take a week off work for a mini vacation to celebrate my birthday. During his vacation he mentioned that he was more tired than usual, but …

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It’s About Time™

It’s About TIME™ is a national initiative to raise awareness of sepsis and the urgent need to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized.

Early detection is the best hope to survive and limit disabilities when sepsis is present.
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Upcoming Events

Webinar – “Strategies for Improving Sepsis Care”

August 13, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: Thursday, August 13th Time: 2-3PM EST / 11AM-12PM PST Description: Sepsis quality/performance improvement can be a daunting task for healthcare organizations, but it is critical that healthcare workers are …

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Sponsor Innovation Webinar – “Medicare Approach to Sepsis and Quality of Care: What You Need to Know”

August 26, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Date: Wednesday, August 26 Time: 2-2:45PM EST / 11-11:45AM PST Description: Presented by Thermo Fisher Scientific Medicare increasingly views sepsis as one of the most important areas of health care …

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Sepsis News

Mother Honored for Raising Sepsis Awareness, the Disease That Took Her Baby’s LIfe

August 3, 2020

Sepsis Alliance honors illustrator Alyssia Aguilar with the Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award for creating a cartoon ladybug to help raise sepsis awareness among children and their caregivers. Aguilar lost …

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Meet The 2020 Class of Sepsis Heroes

July 19, 2020

Sepsis Alliance will honor the 2020 class of Sepsis Heroes during the virtual 9th Annual Sepsis Heroes gala on September 17, 2020. The gala will feature an exclusive performance by Las Vegas headliner and America’s Got Talent finalist Daniel Emmet.  Sepsis Alliance is excited …

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Can Abdominal Pain Be a Sign of Sepsis?

July 15, 2020

Sepsis symptoms listed on Sepsis Alliance’s TIME™ memory aid are the basic, most common sepsis symptoms: changes in body temperature (high or low), signs or suspicion of infection, changes in …

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