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Prestonian helping raise awareness of sepsis after his dad recovered from illness

Posted on - 23rd January, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Health, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Sharoe Green
The lift wraps which warn people about sepsis

Royal Preston Hospital is benefitting from new graphics raising awareness of sepsis thanks to a Prestonian who ran the London Marathon in aid of the Critical Care Unit.

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Mark Delaney raised £2,400 in 2019 to thank the hospital for the care his dad received on the unit when he was treated for sepsis.

A portion of the money he raised has been spent on a vinyl wrap on lift doors, which contains information on the condition from the UK Sepsis Trust.

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Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition where the immune system overreacts to an infection or injury, causing damage to organs and tissues in the body. 

The new graphics explain the key signs of the condition to help educate staff and visitors about what to look out for. 

Mark decided to support the Critical Care Unit through a donation to the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity after his dad, Keith, recovered from sepsis.

Read more: Tales from a survivor on World Sepsis Day

Mark said: “Two years ago, my dad was struck by sepsis and was very poorly for a number of months. If it hadn’t been for the amazing care and attention of the Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital, he wouldn’t be here with us today.  

“Whilst dad was on a life support machine, I said to my mum that if he pulled through, I would run the London Marathon to raise awareness for sepsis and also for the unit at Royal Preston Hospital.  

“After a six-week battle, dad was allowed home to continue his long road to recovery – so I ran the marathon! 

“To hear that the money we raised has been put to such good use is very heartening, and I hope that it helps other families and patients that are struck down by this cruel illness.”

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