Daughter's death from sepsis 'will stay with me forever'

From BBC - January 8, 2018

A mother has described the harrowing moment she had to perform CPR on her daughter, who died of sepsis.

Chloe Christopher, 17, from Cwmaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, had been laughing with friends before being struck by the illness on New Year's Eve 2014.

The condition happens when the body fights infection but causes injury to its own tissue and organs.

Her mother Michelle has made a video with the Welsh Ambulance Service to try and help raise awareness of the signs.

She said the moment her daughter, from Aberdare Community School, collapsed in front of her would "stay with me forever".

Here she tells her story:

Chloe seemed to have what we thought was a cold or maybe the start of a chest infection.

She was a little lethargic with some aches and pains, but it seemed nothing to worry about.

She spent one evening with one of her closest friends laughing and joking and looking forward to New Year's Eve celebrations, as they were going to a fancy dress party.

They were both together as Chloe rapidly deteriorated. It was so sudden; one minute laughing and joking, the next she said she felt unwell and a bit scared.

She then collapsed in front of us. Hearing the words "Mam, I am frightened, I do not feel very well" will stay with me forever.

I phoned for the emergency services immediately and even though we did not know what was happening, we knew it was serious.

Chloe suffered a cardiac arrest in front of us, and having to try and perform CPR on your own daughter was indescribable.

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