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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.

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 …

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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, …

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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 ❤

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Patera McGee JR.

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We called him PJ. He was 7.5 when he passed away. He was diagnosed one day with pneumonia, then the next day I took him back to the doctor because he was declining. (Sepsis and Pneumonia) Seemed to be doing much worse and I was told he had become septic and was dying. He died within hours. I had no clue about sepsis. I had heard about it but honestly it never even crossed my mind. He went to doctor because of his breathing. They gave us a breathing treatment and medicine. We went home and he was sleepy which …

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Travis Bones

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This is Travis’ story: Travis was a bright, energetic, adventurous 4-year-old who loved making people laugh. His million-dollar smile rarely left his face. On a Friday night, just days after his 4th birthday, he spiked a high fever. Initially, a nurse friend thought it was the flu and advised children’s fever-reducing medicine. His fever dropped, but overnight, his breathing became rapid and shallow. His pediatrician was called early Saturday morning, she too thought it was just the flu, but suggested Urgent Care could test him for strep throat. Urgent Care tested him for strep and type 1 diabetes. Both tests …

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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