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 350,000 adults each year in the United States.

Faces of Sepsis™

Faces of Sepsis™ is a collection of sepsis experiences, as told by sepsis survivors, caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one. Click below to read their stories or submit your own.

Charla Martinez

Survivor

I’m 23 years old and I am a postpartum sepsis survivor. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) I was a first time mom and had a healthy pregnancy throughout, although I did find out mid pregnancy that I had strep B. (Sepsis and Group B Streptococcus) My former OBGYN let me know some women just have it in their body and it could be treated with antibiotics so I didn’t think much of it. I ended up switching providers and they never really followed up with it. Right before going in to get my c-section, I got tested for COVID, to ... Read Full Story

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Vuyo Ndlovu

Survivor, Survivor

I’m a 40 year old female nurse with 17 years post experience after 4-year nursing course training. My story begins as follows. It was on the 11.01.2022 and I was pregnant approaching end of my 2nd trimester, this was the most precious moment in our life. We were in love since 2002 and this was our second pregnancy, in 2019 I had miscarriage. I woke up feeling okay, but in the morning hours, I started having uncontrolled shivering and my colleagues forced me to visit our occupation health clinic. I agreed and after consultation I went to sleep and rest ... Read Full Story

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Robert Helton

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

In February 2021 I received care from a neighborhood physician’s assistant for a hangnail that had become infected. After having the infection drained, I was prescribed an antibiotic. Two weeks later I became ill with severe diarrhea and returned to the same office. (Sepsis and Bacterial Infections) I was prescribed Cipro and Flagyl for potential diverticulitis and my symptoms subsided. Another two weeks passed and again, I was sick again with the same symptoms and visited my primary care physician and was again prescribed Cipro and Flagyl and the physician’s assistant also ordered a CT scan that later revealed irritation ... Read Full Story

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Maitreyi Kruthiventy

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

In 2018 towards the end of April I had developed severe pain in my left abdomen ranging from back to front. It was so severe but the doctor ruled it out as urine infection. Even after using medicines the pain wouldn’t go away. After ten days of pure suffering, they found that a large chocolate cyst has filled my left ovary and both of them had to be removed. After the surgery my pain went away but extreme weakness started with no urine output. I was shifted to super speciality hospital which diagnosed septic shock and my kidneys had shut ... Read Full Story

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Matthew Sucese

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

About a couple weeks ago (currently the 17th of July) I was sent to the ER to find out I had a 8MM kidney stone, after blood work they had taken a different tone. I wasn’t aware I had sepsis until the second day in the hospital, they wanted to keep me calm until I had my surgeries. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) My nurses and doctors were fantastic I am incredibly thankful they were so attentive and so kind when I was at my worst. I was told that if I waited a day it would have been fatal, I ... Read Full Story

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October 12, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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November 3, 2022 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Sepsis News

Sepsis Awareness Month Proclamations Secured in 38 States – The Most of Any Year to Date

September 30, 2022

This September, advocates all across the U.S. renewed their efforts to get Sepsis Awareness Month proclamations made in every state – and the results were incredible: 38 state proclamations were …

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Changing the Sepsis Data Landscape: “Lulu’s Law” Introduced in Congress

September 20, 2022

Ana Lucía “Lulu” Haynes was a healthy child from Montclair, New Jersey, who was known to her family and friends for her sweet, spunky, and bright personality. She attended preschool …

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“The National Sepsis Data Trust, Research, Outcomes, and Innovation Act” Introduced in the U.S. Senate

September 13, 2022

Today, a bill with big potential implications for sepsis care in the United States has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The National Sepsis Data Trust, Research, Outcomes, and Innovation …

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