Meet Bug!

pediatric sepsis week, pediatric sepsis, sepsis, childrenBug is a friendly ladybug who loves to help children learn about preventing infections so they can be healthy. Alyssia Aguilar created Bug in loving memory of her son Mark Anthony II, who was taken by sepsis when he was only 16 days old.

Bug was inspired by the spirit of Erin “Bug” Flatley, an aspiring teacher who passed away from sepsis when she was 23 years old.  After losing Erin, her father Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, founded Sepsis Alliance. In her memory, Carl and Sepsis Alliance developed Erin’s Campaign for Kids, to help combat the high incidence and mortality rates of sepsis among children. To learn more about the campaign, click here.

Bug Helps You Learn to Stay Sepsis Safe

 

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Bug's Angels

Bug’s Angels represent the children whose lives have been lost to sepsis. Sepsis is the leading cause of death in babies and small children worldwide, taking more lives than childhood cancers in the United States. We remember and honor their lives, their spirits, and their smiles by celebrating them as Bug’s Angels.

Seàn “LIL RED” Hughes

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Seàn was an up and coming Rap Artist. He loved to entertain. He preformed at The Aviva Stadium, The National Concert Hall & The Helix to name just a few. Seàn’s stage name is LIL RED. Seàn had no underlying health issues. He was a fit and healthy young man. Seàn passed away from SEPSIS on the 12th of January 2018. He was 15 years old when sepsis stole his life. Seàn will never ever be forgotten ❤ Read Full Story

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Lochlin DeSantis

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On January 20th of 2020 our 5-year-old son Lochlin passed away from flu – sepsis. (Sepsis and Influenza) Saturday he was tired with a low grade fever and some minor body aches. By Sunday he was feeling much better and was up playing with his brothers, until Sunday night he took a turn for the worst. We took him to an urgent care where he was diagnosed with influenza type A and mild dehydration. Monday afternoon January 20th, 2020 he passed away from flu – sepsis. Since then it has become our mission to spread the love Lochlin had for ... Read Full Story

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Kathryn Edwards

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My 7-month-old daughter passed from sepsis in November 2020. She began to get sick around the end of September without any reason as to why. All her blood work, urine cultures and kidney ultrasounds came back normal. We spent a week in our local PICU on various IV antibiotics and were sent home. The night we were discharged, she declined severely and I rushed her back to the ER and demanded we be sent somewhere else. We were sent to the Children’s hospital a few hours away where Kathryn spent the next 42 days having a port placed, round-the-clock antibiotics, ... Read Full Story

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Emilie O’c

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Here is our story about one precious little girl, called Emilie, aged just 10 months old. Our daughter was born on April 6th with a health condition, which never hindered her. We weren’t sure if she would even survive at birth, but she proved everyone wrong and was fantastic, doing everything a normal baby does. We were so happy with our little miracle baby! AT 2 WEEKS OLD At just two weeks old, Emilie developed a Group B Strep urine infection and the doctors looking after her advised us she was starting to go septic, but they had caught it ... Read Full Story

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Noel Johns

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Hi , my name is Jennifer. My one year old daughter was just fine March 17-18-19 of the year 2021. I woke up March 20th to a nightmare. “Mommmm,” Noel said my daughter. I’m coming pup I said. I would call her all type of silly names, Pretty girl, pup, pretty princess. She was my everything. Well as that happened I picked her up, didn’t think anything of it. Until I put her down for her to go in the cabinet to get her cookies, she would do it every morning. She wasn’t looking inside she was just looking up ... Read Full Story

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Resources for Kids

It’s not easy to talk to children about sepsis and preventing infection, especially if a loved one has sepsis. Thankfully, Bug is here to help. With Bug as a guide, we’ve developed kid-friendly resources to teach children about sepsis and infection prevention. Check them out below.

My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit

Having a loved one sick in the hospital can be really confusing. In this guide, Bug helps children understand sepsis and the ICU.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children

Bug Coloring Book

Download this printable coloring book to help children learn about preventing infections. Infection prevention equals sepsis prevention.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children

Bug Holiday Coloring Page

Download this holiday-themed printable coloring page to help children learn about preventing infections. Infection prevention equals sepsis prevention.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children

Spread Love, Not Germs Coloring Page

Help Bug spread love, not germs with this printable coloring page. Germs can cause infection and infection prevention equals sepsis prevention.

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My Guide to Sepsis and the Intensive Care Unit – Children