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.

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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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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Demetrius Purvis

Survivor, Tribute

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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Stella Hall

Survivor, Tribute, 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, 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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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

Jointly Sepsis Alliance and CHA Presented Webinar – Nurses Challenging Sepsis: Saving Children’s Lives

January 28, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, January 28 Time: 3 PM EST/ 12 PM PST Description: Every child with sepsis deserves life-saving care, and nursing leaders Kimberly DeNicolo,  Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital  …

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GE Sponsored Webinar – Can We Help ‘Solve’ Sepsis Together? Antibiotic Resistance and Appropriate Use: Protecting Patients

January 29, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Date: Wednesday, January 29 Time: 2-2:45 PM EST/ 11-11:45 AM PST Description: Join us to learn about GE’s recent innovations with antibiotic resistance and sepsis. Antibiotic resistance continues to be …

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Faces of Sepsis: Survivor Panel

February 11, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Date: Tuesday, February 11th Time: 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST Description: Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, …

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Sepsis News

Two Major Sepsis Stories in the News – Burden of Sepsis and Vitamin C Results

January 17, 2020

This week brought us the results of two sepsis studies, both of which provide important findings for the healthcare community and the general public. The first study, published earlier this …

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Danaher and Sepsis Alliance Work Together to Improve Sepsis Care

San Diego, Calif  – Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s first and leading sepsis organization, and Danaher, a global science and technology innovator committed to helping customers solve complex challenges and improving …

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New Study Shows Deadly Sepsis Rates are Double Prior Estimates – Global Burden of Sepsis Says Poor Countries and Children Hit Hardest

January 16, 2020

A new study, the most comprehensive to date on the staggering incidence of sepsis and sepsis deaths, was released today in The Lancet, confirming that the actual rates are double …

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