BENEFITING: SEPSIS ALLIANCE
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2012
As many of you know, my husband, Harry, fell ill last December and suffered a rapid decline and near-death crisis. He was diagnosed with sepsis (blood poisoning) caused by pneumonia, and hospitalized. I was completely unaware of the dangers and symptoms of sepsis, and by the time I got him to the ER he had a temperature of 93 degrees, kidney failure, and dangerously low blood pressure. I was in shock when they told me, of my 38-year old husband, who was seconds away from an olympic marathon qualifying time, "we will do everything we can, but he is very sick." He was stabilized and later suffered a minor heart attack in the ICU. After seven days of treatment he was released. Our 5-year old son, Steven said, "It's not a family without Daddy," and with the deepest sense of gratititude, we celebrated Christmas at home together.
We are so fortunate to have had such knowledgeable and fast-acting medical care at Beth Israel Hospital. Harry is now 100% recovered, running again and planning to compete in the Boston Marathon next year.
And yet, every year in the United States, over 200,000 people die of sepsis. That is more people in one year than those who die of breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS, combined. Just last April, Rory Staunton, a 12-year-old boy from New York City was misdiagnosed at a hospital and lost his life to sepsis.
The best prevention is awareness...
Sepsis Alliance is a charitable organization run by a team of dedicated laypeople and professionals who share a strong commitment to battling sepsis: raising awareness of sepsis among patients, families and healthcare providers so it can be detected and treated early enough that no harm is done.
I am running the New York City Marathon this November and ask that you please pledge to help Sepsis Alliance educate and save lives.
Thank You and Be Well!