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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.

Caitlin Alsop

Skydiving for the #SepsisSuperhero challenge! At 23, I faced the biggest fight of my life, met my true heroes and gained a whole new voice and cause for something I previously knew nothing about. I’d heard of sepsis but didn’t know what it was and didn’t think it would happen to me. Every day, I am so grateful to the doctors and nurses for my life. Raising awareness about sepsis has become my mission. This is my story of sepsis and my second chance at life. After a quiet Saturday night dinner with a friend, following a ‘common cold’; I …

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Beth Burns


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, 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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Keith Whatley

Survivor, Tribute, Survivor

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, 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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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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January 28, 2021 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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February 16, 2021 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Sepsis News

NFL Quarterback and Sepsis Survivor, Alex Smith, on 60 Minutes

January 18, 2021

Alex Smith, quarterback for the National Football League’s Washington Football team, was seriously injured in November 2018. During a game against the Houston Texans, Smith was sacked and sustained a …

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Sepsis Alliance Launches National Sepsis Registry Initiative (NSRI)

January 11, 2021

A new initiative founded by Sepsis Alliance will advocate for the creation of a National Sepsis Registry—a hub of centralized information critical to improving sepsis care. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—Sepsis Alliance, …

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Stories About Actress Tanya Roberts Say Sepsis

January 8, 2021

Actress Tanya Roberts died of sepsis, triggered by a urinary tract infection. News outlets are using the word sepsis, which helps educate the public about this serious illness.

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