Sepsis Survivor Week

As many as 60% of sepsis survivors are left not only with physical challenges but mental and emotional challenges too. 

During Sepsis Survivor Week we partner with sepsis survivors to honor their experience by sharing their individual stories of survival and bringing awareness to the unseen mental, emotional, and physical challenges many survivors face every day.

Sepsis Survivor Week is an annual observance that takes place the 2nd week of February. In 2023, it will be observed from February 12th to February 18th.

This year, we also want to honor the caregivers, providing support while their loved one recovers from sepsis.

We prepared these shareable resources to help you honor sepsis survivors and spread awareness of the challenges they face. Will you join us?

You can also make a gift to support Sepsis Alliance resources by clicking here.



Get the facts

Make sure you have all the facts about sepsis survivors. To download our 2023 Life After Sepsis fact sheet, click here.

Life After Sepsis Information Guide

To download this easy-to-print guide about what to expect after surviving sepsis, click here.

Life After Sepsis Trifold

To download a printable version of this helpful trifold about life after sepsis, click here.

To download a version for viewing online, click here.

To learn more and find resources for sepsis survivors, click here.


Infographics to Share

Spread the word – #SepsisSurvivor

Click here to access downloadable infographics, like the ones below, to share with your social media community. Remember to hashtag #SepsisSurvivor and tag @SepsisAlliance when you do.



**Please see below for usage regulations

Download the Sepsis Survivor Week Poster

Thank you to everyone who provided photos for our Sepsis Survivor Week poster in 2021! Click below to download, print, and share.


Download the poster – 11″ x 17″ – click here


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Life After Sepsis Videos

Caregiver Information

When your loved one becomes ill with sepsis, it can be a scary time – one that most people aren’t prepared for. You may not know what sepsis is or how to help your loved one.

Download our guide, When a Loved One Has Sepsis: A Caregiver’s Guide, for more information about navigating this difficult time.

To download the guide, click here





Read Survivor Stories

Rheanna S.


On 16th of February 2019, I was rushed into hospital in labour at only 21 weeks. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) I was alone and terrified for my unborn child. Unfortunately, later which I learnt, I was going into septic shock. (Sepsis and Septic Shock) I gave birth to my stillborn son at 3:28am. So much of it was a blur I had lost so much blood during labour and with sepsis attacking my kidney, liver and heart. I struggled to stay alert. I remember being rushed to the theatre room. I was terrified alone and broken inside. Once out ... Read Full Story

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Molly G.

Survivor, Survivor

Christmas Day 2013 I woke up not feeling good. I had been fighting horrible back pain for almost a year so it wasn’t unusual. We were supposed to join relatives for the day but we canceled so I went up to bed. A little later I tried to go downstairs for water but stumbled and when husband ask how I was I could only mumble. At that point he packed me up and took me to ER. They did not see any signs of illness except my mental state and high temperature. They began antibiotic IV and decided to intubate ... Read Full Story

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Pat Essner

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

2017 Memorial Day Weekend – I was 67 years old, widowed and living alone. I was in treatment with antibiotics off and on 2-3 months for a UTI, and currently on an antibiotic, a culture was taken but no results. I never had fever or pain with any of my UTIs, I knew I had them because of severe fatigue difficulty with urination. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infection) About 11:30 pm Sunday I awoke with nausea. Immediately vomited, just once. Extreme chills and unable to get warm. I must have had a fever because I awoke wringing wet, along with ... Read Full Story

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Jesus Montero

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

My story began in Tijuana, Mexico. I went for a fun weekend to enjoy an uncle’s birthday and it went south towards the end of the night. I was beaten and robbed by security and Mexican police then thrown in jail. This jail was disgusting and I was full of scrapes and cuts which I believe could have caused the sepsis. When I came back to the US I went to the doctor’s and found out I had a fractured rib. (This was on Monday) The fractured rib could have been another cause for an infection. Next thing you know ... Read Full Story

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Yolanda H.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

Back in 2022 I was experiencing pain all over my body I was so sick that I thought I had the flu or even Covid. I went to the doctor. They couldn’t tell me what was wrong went back home and still felt worse. I was feverish hot and cold. My hands were clammy, my speech was slurred, my skin was mottled, my lips were blue. I also had nausea and vomiting and was in a delusional state. I also couldn’t urinate for 24 hrs. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with UTI and sepsis, was given antibiotics ... Read Full Story

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Usage Regulations

**This toolkit and the materials presented and linked within it are the sole property of Sepsis Alliance. This toolkit and the materials presented and linked within it are meant to be shared and used for educational and awareness raising purposes only. The toolkit and the materials presented and linked within cannot be reproduced and sold for monetary value. When used for educational and awareness raising purposes, the materials must be used as follows:

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