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  • April 27, 2017

Pediatric Sepsis Patient Stories

Sepsis is a leading cause of death in hospitalized children, killing almost 5,000 children annually in the U.S.  Learn how early intervention saves lives through these powerful stories of pediatric sepsis patients.   

The sepsis stories project is part of the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes collaborative, a multi-year quality initiative to significantly reduce sepsis-related mortality and morbidity across children’s hospitals.

Sepsis stories - Nathan
Nathan's story
Still recovering from a virus, Nathan came home from school not feeling well. By 4 a.m., he was struggling to breathe and in severe pain. Mom was terrified. 
Jose Jose's story
When Edna rushed her three-week-old baby boy, Jose Carlos, to the emergency room, she knew something wasn’t right. Her instinct and quick recognition by ER staff saved his life.
Sepsis stoires - Victoria Victoria's story
On a Saturday morning, Victoria, age six, woke with what her mother thought was a virus. Within two days she still had a fever and started having trouble breathing.
Chloe Chloe's story
When Chloe went from being tired after school on Friday to weak and unresponsive with a high fever on Saturday, the Miller family knew something was wrong.
Deonc  Deonċ's story
Deonċ developed sepsis as a result of her routine surgical procedure.  Educating families to watch for symptoms is key to catching it quickly for better outcomes.