Highlands News

The real truth about sepsis

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Yerrinbool mother Korina Valentine is part of a campaign to warn the community about the dangers of sepsis.

Back in 2015, Ms. Valentine woke up one morning and felt like she'd been hit by a truck.

She had developed sepsis, but her doctor had missed the symptoms and diagnosed her with gastro.

She fell into a coma and four months later discovered that her arms and legs had been amputated.

In Australia Sepsis claims more lives than prostate and breast cancer combined and more than twice the National road toll.

The ABC reports some doctors are resisting the prescription of antibiotics for fear of increasing antibiotic resistance in the community.

However there are tell tale signs of sepsis including rapid heart rate and breathing, confusion, loss of mental capacity and not passing urine.