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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.

Christian Wong


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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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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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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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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Keith Whatley

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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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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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Sepsis News

Sepsis Alliance Elects T2 Biosystems CEO as Advisory Board Member

October 28, 2020

John Sperzel Will Serve on the Industry Council of the Advisory Board LEXINGTON, Mass. and SAN DIEGO, Ca., October 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — T2 Biosystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTOO), a leader …

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Vitamin C and Sepsis Revisited: No Benefit

October 25, 2020

It wasn’t all that long ago when sepsis-related social media chatter focused on a new proposed treatment for septic shock: a combination of vitamin C, corticosteroids, and thiamin by intravenous …

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Pharmacists: Antibiotic Gatekeepers and So Much More

October 18, 2020

Pharmacy has come a long way since the 17th century, when the first pharmacy guild was formed. Over the years, apothecaries, druggists or chemists, as pharmacists were known then, began …

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