Ann was 18 when she died from the effects of Sepsis on the 18th July 2013. Initially she complained of a sore throat, then a few days later on Tynwald Day she burst into tears with severe pain in the left side of her chest, however her condition eased shortly after.
The next morning, she looked and felt unwell, her mum detected a very fast pulse. When seen at Accident and Emergency (AE) that morning she was given pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication. She took these in good faith and rested.
She still did not feel right later that afternoon and was beginning to get a bit confused. However, by 7pm she was watching TV and had a small portion of dinner. After going to bed her breathing became loud and laborious and by 2am Her mum wanted to take her back to AE. However, Her Dad thought it was the coproxamol and anti-inflammatory medication which was fuelling the confusion.
Ann’s mum used her laptop to check possibilities and thought it may be silent pneumonia.
By 4am Ann was very distressed and we agreed that we should go straight back up to AE, 18 hours since she had been there the previous morning, but this time the staff said she was very sick.
Despite IV infusions, antibiotics and pain killers and slowly deteriorated over the next 10 days to the point where she was ventilated in the Intensive Care ward.
She never awoke from the sedated state.
Sepsis had destroyed her own organs and nervous system and the heart-breaking decision had to be taken to switch of the ventilator.