Family of mum recovering from sepsis raised vital funds for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 September 2019

Sally Douglas, centre, with her family after they swam four kilometres to raise funds for UK Sepsis Trust. Picture: Sophie Douglas

Sally Douglas, centre, with her family after they swam four kilometres to raise funds for UK Sepsis Trust. Picture: Sophie Douglas


An Exmouth mum who spent five weeks in a coma due to sepsis has expressed her pride after her children took on a four-kilometre swim to raise awareness of the condition.

Sally Douglas, 58, was rushed into intensive care last year after a common cold allowed a small infection to take over her lungs and cause sepsis.

She was on life support and had more than 15 blood transfusions and is now on the road to a full recovery.

Her sons Alistair and Joe along with their dad Kevin took on a four kilometre swim in the Plymouth Sound to raise money for UK Sepsis Trust and to raise awareness of the life-threatening condition.

The breakwater swim was taking place in aid of the Chestnut Appeal, which aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer, with the entry money going to that cause.

The money the trio raised from sponsorship, which has exceeded £3,000 to date, is going to the UK Sepsis Trust.

Mrs Douglas said she is 'very proud' of her sons for raising the total they have.

She said: "It is fantastic to have raised the amount they have and it's very supportive of the Sepsis Trust to have raised money for something that is so close to our family's heart."

Mrs Douglas, who has lived in Exmouth for 26 years and was a community mid wife in the town for more than 20 years, said she was aware of sepsis prior to her condition but wasn't aware how quickly it can take effect.

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to infection which involves the human immune system overreacting and damaging the body's own tissue and organs.

Mrs Douglas said: "There is a lack of information about sepsis.

"I had never known much about it and did not realise how quickly it takes hold.

"It can strike anyone."

Her daughter Sophie added: "Spotting sepsis early is literally life and death - we were incredibly lucky and want to help others survive sepsis."

For more information on Sepsis go to the UK Sepsis Trust website

To donate to the Douglas family's fundraising efforts, go to their just giving page

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