Sepsis is a life-threatening illness triggered by the body’s response to an infection. If the condition is left untreated, it can leads to multiple organ failure.
Abi Bannatyne, 34, revealed she is lucky to be alive after she mistook the symptoms of sepsis for a hangover.
Appearing on This Morning, the daughter of Scottish entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne retold her terrifying ordeal in a bid to raise awareness over the illness.
After a weekend of partying and drinking at a friend’s wedding in France, Abi thought she had paid the price when she went to work the following Monday morning and started to feel unwell.
The mother-of-two said she was sweating and felt really sick, but presumed she was just struggling from the weekend.
After a terrible night’s sleep on the Monday night, feeling exhausted and unable to even life her head up form her pillow, she came to the conclusion she must have flu.
The following night she experienced an overwhelming feeling that she was dying, at which point she rang 999.
An examination carried out by doctors found Abi’s illness was not down to a hangover or flu, but sepsis – and a “severe” form of it.
Abi explained how she came to have sepsis. She said: “The week before I become ill I had a water infection. I had antibiotics for it, but it hadn’t cleared it up and the infection just spread from there.”
Dr Ranj Singh was on hand to offer his medical advice. He detailed the seriousness of Abi’s sepsis saying that with “severe” sepsis there is a 40 to 60 per cent chance of dying.
So how can you spot Sepsis? Dr Ranj revealed an easy-to-remember acronym.
Slurred speech or confusion
Extreme shivering or muscle pain
Passing no urine (in a day)
It feels like you’re going to die
Skin mottled or discoloured