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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Demetrius Purvis


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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Beth Burns

Survivor, Survivor

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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Stella Hall

Survivor, Survivor, Tribute

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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Christian Wong

Survivor, Survivor, Tribute, 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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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 – “Understanding the New Pediatric Sepsis Guidelines”

April 14, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 14th Time: 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST Description: Sepsis impacts over 25 million children globally each year. In the U.S., sepsis takes more lives than pediatric …

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Webinar – “Recognizing Pediatric Sepsis: Through the Eyes of Patients & Families”, Jointly Presented by Sepsis Alliance and CHA

April 21, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Date: Tuesday, April 21 Time: 3-4:15 PM EST/ 12-1:15 PM PST Description: Join us for a special Sepsis Webinar Series presentation as we celebrate Pediatric Sepsis Week in partnership with …

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April 22, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Date: Wednesday, April 22 Time: 2-2:45PM EST / 11-11:45AM PST Description: Join us to learn about some of Viven Health’s recent innovations. Viven Health (VH) has gathered national experts in …

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Sepsis News

Latest Study News on SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and Sepsis

March 30, 2020

Scientists around the world are working to find ways to understand COVID-19, how to treat it and how to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the …

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Sepsis Survivors, Mental Health, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020

Sepsis and septic shock survivors know what it’s like to battle a life-threatening illness. Many are left with long-lasting mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). …

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The Connection Between COVID-19, Sepsis, and Sepsis Survivors

March 19, 2020

If you know someone who has died from an infection, such as pneumonia or a urinary tract infection, you know someone who has died from sepsis. Sepsis is your body’s …

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