Family hoping to raise awareness of sepsis in the name of Exmouth father Luke

PUBLISHED: 06:30 28 August 2015

The family of Luke Hendrick are trying to raise awareness of the infection he died from

The family of Luke Hendrick are trying to raise awareness of the infection he died from

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The family of an Exmouth man who died suddenly from an undiagnosed infection is launching an awareness campaign in his name.

Father-of-two Luke Hendrick, of New North Road, died of sepsis in September last year after displaying symptoms thought to be flu, writes Daniel Wilkins.

Luke’s former partner Nichola Wale, 24, had never heard of the condition before his death, but his family is determined to raise awareness so it can be identified earlier.

She said: “It was a bit of a shock. I didn’t understand - it’s more common than people think.

“We want to do something in Luke’s name. We need to get awareness out there.”

The family said they knew something was wrong with Luke as he continued to be unwell.

He had a weak immune system and his infection progressed into sepsis, an infection of the blood.

The trainee drug and alcohol counsellor collapsed shortly after returning to his Exmouth home.

To help raise awareness of the condition, Luke’s dad, Laurie, is having his red sports car redesigned to look like Lightning McQueen from animated children’s film Cars - because ‘sepsis acts like lightning’.

The family is hoping to get permission from Exmouth Town Council to display the car on September 13 in The Strand, Exmouth, to coincide with Sepsis Awareness Day.

Another plan is to display the car in Manor Gardens near the place a rose was planted in Luke’s memory.

The family hopes to raise awareness of sepsis in Luke’s name and then drive the car around Devon.

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