Septicaemia with multiple organ failure
27 Jul 2012
My sister-in-law made a full recovery which is astounding that she is 70 years old, obese, and a heavy smoker and drinker. She has recurring urinary tract infections that are resistant to antibiotics. So in this particular instance, the infection advanced to organ failure; her kidneys had shut down and she was passing a lot of blood through her intestines. Her tongue was completely black and grossly swollen. She lapsed into a coma. She was placed on a respirator upon admittance to the hospital but within hours the doctors recommended removing it. And we really thought about it because recovery looked like an impossibility. But we said, "Let's give it a little time." She would have died that night had they cut it off. She was then put on dialysis. She came out of her coma a week later and her breathing improved bit by bit each day so that the amount of assist from the respirator was progressively reduced until she was completely weaned off within a couple weeks.
It took many months of rehab for her to fully recover. And then I had this beautiful and perfectly healthy 14 month old granddaughter who was dead from sepsis with 48 hours of running a high fever. Go figure!
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