Posted on December 7th, 2018
Marisa Gore, Daughter
My father, Richard Gore, passed away from sepsis on January 24th 2018. I had never heard of sepsis prior to this encounter. My mother had never known the symptoms, but knew the name. He had fallen ill a few days prior to his passing and we all had assumed it was the flu. On January 23rd he became confused, had a high fever, and was in excruciating pain. We ended up having to call an ambulance and he was taken to the local hospital.
They found he had an infection and were struggling to find the source. He developed sepsis. My father was not responding to antibiotics or any other treatment. He flatlined for the first time January 24th around 2-3am. He never regained consciousness and flatlined a couple more times before my mother and I had to make the choice to pull life support late in the evening and allowed my father to pass peacefully.
The event traumatized me and still takes a toll on me to this day. I was 21-years-old and already had to face losing one of my parents and my mother lost her dear husband. Sepsis is dangerous and I wish I had been educated on what the signs and symptoms were. I wish everyone could be more aware of this and maybe prevent this from happening to someone else. I was thankful to find this organization. It made me feel less alone and gave me hope that one day this horrible horrible infection may not take so many lives.