A young man from Trentham has warned of the dangers sepsis can pose to all. Seb Hargreaves, 22, found himself battling Sepsis at the age of 19 in the midst of his second year of his degree at Staffordshire University. Seb spent over four weeks in Royal Stoke University Hospital following his contraction of the complication.
In February 2016, Seb was travelling back on the coach from a Stoke fixture at Manchester United and began to suffer difficulty breathing. Whilst Seb tried to hide it at first, upon returning home he struggled to even get himself a glass of water.
Seb said: "We rushed to A&E and they did the necessary things, checked my blood pressure, took my temperature. There were a few alarm bells ringing due to irregularities, and while the problem wasn't immediately identified, I was definitely unwell. And before I knew it, I was down on critical care and oblivious. I didn't know where I was, what I was doing, I was saying anything that came to my mind, and I was hallucinating a lot."
Seb then spent nine days on ventilation in Critical Care, a time he doesn't have much memory of. Sepsis is a fast acting complication, which if not caught early can lead to amputations, or even death. Thanks to the care Seb received in the Critical Care Unit however, he has now made a full recovery.
"I really want to emphasise that whilst I was getting treated down on Critical Care each and every member of the team looked after me, they looked after my family and they always tried to communicate with me to the best of their abilities."
Liz, Seb's mother, said: "I think there needs to be a real push to educate people, young people, who just put on a brave face. That needs massive coverage I think, because a lot of young people die of sepsis."
Seb continued: "The pinnacle of my journey came two years later. I went to critical care in my cap and gown and showed them that I'd got my degree. Sepsis is a current issue. It's no longer seen as rare, because there are people who've got stories like myself, and there are people who've ended up worse off. It's important that everyone's aware of it, and it's got to be addressed immediately. If you're having a conversation with someone, and you tell them you had sepsis, they should be able to say "Oh really?" and not "What's that?" and that's the bottom line of it."