Sepsis is a serious complication of a common infection that claims the lives of 44,000 people every year. In sepsis, the immune system goes into overdrive causing the body to attack vital organs.
Awareness around the causes and symptoms of sepsis has increased in recent years through campaigning initiatives and greater education by The UK Sepsis Trust. There have been various stories in the media of those that could have been saved and people left with life limiting disabilities. But what happens to those that survive sepsis and go on to develop a condition known as Post-Sepsis Syndrome?
Post-Sepsis Syndrome is the term used to describe a combination of physical, psychological and cognitive behaviours an individual may develop after having sepsis. To learn more about Sepsis and Post-Sepsis Syndrome please click here to visit the production blog.
This documentary takes a glimpse at the stories of those who have survived the inevitable and have had their lives turned upside down by this devastating illness. The documentary examines the lives of two survivors of sepsis with their own unique experiences.
Marc and Clare Littlemore described living a normal and happy life with their two children before Marc unexpectedly fell ill with what the doctors initially perceived as Gastroenteritis. A trip to hospital to establish the cause of his illness quickly transformed into a long stay in intensive care fighting for his life.
Elisabeth Grover is still recovering physically and mentally from sepsis after tackling the illness back in February last year. She has reported common symptoms found in patients with Post-Sepsis Syndrome such as fatigue, brain fog and personality change.