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Sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’, strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs.
It is the leading cause of avoidable death, killing at least 44,000 a year.
If caught early, the infection can be controlled by antibiotics before the body goes into overdrive – ultimately leading to death within a matter of minutes.
But the early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose.
A patient can rapidly deteriorate if sepsis is missed early on, so quick diagnosis and treatment is vital – yet this rarely happens.
In the early stages, sepsis can be mistaken for a chest infection, flu or upset stomach.
The six signs of something potentially deadly can be identified by the acronym ‘SEPSIS’:
- Slurred speech or confusion.
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain.
- Passing no urine in a day.
- Severe breathlessness.
- ‘I feel like I might die.’
- Skin that’s mottled or discoloured.
Anyone who develops any of these symptoms should seek medical help urgently — and ask doctors: ‘Could this be sepsis?’
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Psychiatrist, 50, loses both his legs, five fingers and part of his face – after contracting sepsis when his own dog scratched him
- Dr Jaco Nel was playing with his cocker spaniel when he sustained a minor cut
- He had been infected by a bacteria being carried inside the animal’s saliva
- Two week later, the psychiatrist fell ill with sepsis and was rushed to hospital
- Dr Nel ended up losing his legs, five fingers and part of his face due to the sepsis
A psychiatrist lost his legs, five fingers and was left disfigured after developing sepsis – from being scratched by his dog.
Dr Jaco Nel, 50, was playing with his cocker spaniel Harvey when noticed the tiny cut on his hand.
Unbeknown to Dr Nel, of Chorlton, Manchester, he had been infected by a bacteria being carried in his dog’s saliva.
Two weeks later he fell ill with Sepsis – a deadly illness which would cost him both his legs and all of the fingers on one hand.
Afflicted with gangrene, his face would never be the same again.
‘It was my own dog,’ said Dr Nel.
‘We had been playing a bit rough and he nicked my hand. It was tiny. I cleaned it and forgot about it.
‘It was never infected locally or anything like that.’
Dr Nel, a psychiatrist who specialises in treating patients with dementia, was at work around two weeks later when he developed flu-like symptoms.
He told his secretary to cancel all of his appointments and went home to bed.
‘I started to feel hot and cold. I was shivering yet I could not get warm.
‘My whole body was aching. I thought it was the flu so I went home to bed.
I texted my partner and said I had the flu and was going to bed.
‘The next day I was very ill and confused. I wasn’t able to ring work and that’s when my secretary started to worry.
‘I don’t even remember the phone ringing. When my partner Michael got home after work I couldn’t stand up, my hands didn’t work properly and I struggled to speak.
‘That’s when he called the paramedics and I was taken to hospital.’
The paramedics noticed Dr Nel had red blotches all over his skin – a symptom of Sepsis – and immediately started a course of antibiotics as they rushed him to hospital.
When they arrived at A&E, he collapsed and was taken straight to the intensive care unit where he was placed in an induced coma.
People who go into septic shock only have around a 20 per cent chance of survival.
The infection interferes with the body’s blood-clotting mechanism, with many smaller blood clots cutting off circulation to parts of the body and causing blood pressure to drop dangerously low.
In Dr Nel’s case, his kidneys started to fail and his legs started to turn black as gangrene set in.
‘I was lying there in hospital looking at my black, gangrenous legs and fingers. Looking down I knew I was going to lose everything. I could tell the tissue was dead.
‘Even though the doctors had played it down, I knew how severe it was.’
Four months after being admitted to hospital Dr Nel had both his legs amputated below the knee.
He lost all fingers on his right hand and one on his left hand, and needed reconstructive surgery on his face.
With the use of prosthetic legs, Dr Nel, now 52, has been able to learn to walk again and live independently.
But the facial disfigurement he has suffered has been difficult to come to terms with.
‘I am very reluctant to go out because I am so self-conscious,’ he says.
‘While it hasn’t stopped me completely from living independently, it has damaged my confidence.
‘The hardest part has been accepting that I am now disfigured and that there is nothing I can do about it.’
Doctors were initially baffled by what had caused the infection.
Three weeks later, blood tests revealed a bacteria that lives in a dog’s mouth.
It meant the couple’s cocker spaniel, Harvey, was carrying the harmful bacteria in his saliva.
The findings eventually led to Dr Nel and Michael making the difficult decision to have Harvey put down.
‘It was very sad but we were worried about the dog infecting someone else,’ says Dr Nel.
‘The dog doesn’t need to bite for that to happen. It can just be passed on through its saliva.
‘What if he had infected a child? It could have been terrible.
‘Luckily he was an older dog and was coming towards the end of his life.
‘There were times when I was very angry and I blamed him.
‘But it was still very sad for us. The bacteria was just bad luck.’
It is now 18 months since Dr Nel, who moved from South Africa in 2001, contracted Sepsis.
‘My friendships have become much stronger as a result of what happened to me’, he says.
‘To see how much my friends and family cared for me was a positive. I have realised I have a lot of inner strength because of what I have been through.
‘I think I have a lot more to give to my patients in terms of empathy and understanding. I know what it’s like to be close to death and to have a disability.
‘There’s something in me that I need to share and help people. I hope to eventually show people it is possible to overcome so much in life.’
Extended reading: Sepsis
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A loyal dog has been found dead next to his owner’s grave – having slept there every night for 11 years. Miguel Guzman’s family initially thought the German shepherd named Capitan had run away a few months after Mr Guzman’s death in 2006.
But months later, while visiting the cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, the family found Capitan by his grave. They had no idea how the dog managed to find the cemetery where his master was buried. Fittingly, Capitan died next to Mr Guzman’s body in the Municipal Cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz, at the age of 15.
Four years ago, Capitan was taken for a check-up with a vet and was diagnosed with kidney failure. Vet Cristhian Sempels told reporters: ‘Unfortunately, his age and this condition (kidney failure) meant he could not hold on.
‘We could have admitted him to the vet, but only so that he could die in the veterinary surgery, so we preferred to leave him and attend to him in the cemetery, where he lived and felt calm.’
When he was found living there, the cemetery’s director Hector Baccega said: ‘The dog appeared here by itself, going around the whole cemetery until it arrived, by itself, at its owner’s grave. “Nobody had brought him here.”
Ferrets are the third most common “uncaged” pet in the United States behind dogs and cats. These members of the weasel family are lively, smart and affectionate. They can make excellent pets if you are willing to give them a great deal of care and attention.
Generally speaking, ferrets and very young children do not mix well, as ferrets have a tendency to bite if they are not handled gently. … Finally, ferrets can’t really be trusted with smaller pets such as mice, rats and even rabbits, if these pets are already part of your family then a ferret is probably not ideal.
The Sphynx is a breed of cat known for its lack of coat (fur). The Sphynx was developed through selective breeding, starting in the 1960s. The skin should have the texture of chamois, as it has fine hairs. Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent. Their skin is the color that their fur would be, and all the usual cat markings (solid, point, van, tabby, tortie, etc.) may be found on Sphynx skin. Because they have no coat, they lose more body heat than coated cats. This makes them warm to the touch as well as heat-seeking.
The Munchkin is a relatively new breed of cat characterized by its very short legs, which are caused by a genetic mutation.
Scientific name: Felis catus
Origin: United States of America
Higher classification: Cat
Did you know: In 2014, Lilieput, a Munchkin cat from Napa, California, was named the shortest living cat in the world by Guinness World Records.