Sepsis death in The Archers all too familiar, says charity

Sepsis death in The Archers all too familiar, says charity
From BBC - February 26, 2018

The death of a young mother from sepsis in BBC radio drama The Archers on Friday has prompted an outpouring of shock and sympathy.

The character of Nic Grundy developed sepsis, or blood poisoning, after accidentally cutting her arm on a rusty nail and died only days later.

She leaves behind a husband and three children (plus a stepson) in the long-running radio soap.

The charity UK Sepsis Trust worked with scriptwriters in the weeks leading up to Nic's death, saying her story was "all too familiar".

"Thousands of real people in the UK develop sepsis in exactly the same way each year and have their lives torn apart by the condition," said chief executive Dr Ron Daniels.

"It's fantastic that The Archers is raising the profile of a condition which affects so many people, and yet is so poorly recognised."

Listeners registered their feelings on Twitter about the storyline.

And for some it brought back memories.

Sepsis kills 44,000 people every year in the UK - more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer put together, the UK Sepsis Trust says.

It says better awareness could save 14,000 of those lives annually.

Sepsis can happen as a result of any infection, from something as simple as a contaminated cut or scrape to urinary infections and chest infections.

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