It takes a great deal of courage strength and determination to transform oneself from a youth struggling with sport due to a disability into a world known hero for Great Britain. Many stories of the paralympians stay etched into our minds as we try and mimic their resoluteness but one story stands out in particular; the story of Jonnie Peacock. A hero for surviving the chronic condition sepsis and a hero for ploughing his way to gold in the T44 100m final, Jonnie Peacock encourages us to take a closer look into this deadly condition. It kills within hours. It is so easily provoked- a simple insect bite is enough to start it up. It has a death toll higher than HIV/AIDS, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined yet it is known by only a few. Sepsis occurs when the body has an over reactive response to bacteria or other germs. It is not usually the infection itself that is the problem but rather the body’s response to that infection. Dr. Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the Global Sepsis Alliance described the initial symptoms as that of flu “Typically the patient becomes very lethargic. They feel unable to eat and drink”. It is only after a few hours that more specific symptoms begin to develop making the patient feel “a sense of doom” as they struggle to breath due to inflamed lungs.”
Jonnie Peacock is one of the lucky survivors of this deadly disease that kills 8million people worldwide each year but needed to have his lower right leg amputated at the age of 5. In order to raise even more awareness, Global Sepsis Alliance is launching it’s first ever World Sepsis Day on Thursday. The launch should be a great way to increase awareness but as word of mouth is one if the quickest ways to spread information, why don’t you tell a friend to tell a friend this Thursday and do your part to raise awareness. Also, look out for symptoms, as prevention is better than cure.