Dad, 44, who went to his GP with ‘chest infection’ died 11 days later of sepsis

A dad died of sepsis 11 days after seeing his doctor to complain of a chest infection.

Iain Carroll, 44, experienced cough and flu-like symptoms but his doctor at the surgery called for an ambulance.

Medics desperately tried to find the source of the infection and put the firefighter on kidney dialysis.

But, as Daily Record reports, Iain died at University Hospital Monklands in Airdrie, Scotland, days later.

His grief-stricken widow Laura-Anne said today: "Families should not be devastated by this awful condition. I shouldn’t be having to explain to my three-year-old son why his daddy doesn’t come home to us any more.

"Every day since this happened, I have wished that I knew more about it that might have made me get him seen or helped sooner… and the outcome might have been different."

Iain's little son Josh doesn’t understand why his dad is no longer around.

"He just assumes every fire engine that passes he would be in it working.

"He says, 'I miss Daddy, I wish he could come back.' He doesn’t quite understand about death," said Laura-Anne, from Motherwell, Scotland.

Iain, who died in July 2018, suffered multiple organ failure, caused my sepsis , his postmortem confirmed.

Sepsis: The facts

■ Sepsis affects 250,000 people in the UK and kills 44,000 per year. That’s more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined.

■ Sepsis is the body’s often deadly response to an infection.

■ Initially, it can look like flu or a chest infection, but it can swiftly get serious.

■ Seek medical help urgently if you develop any one of the following…

– are lethargic or difficult to wake

– feel abnormally cold to touch

– the skin looks mottled, bluish or pale

– are breathing very fast

– have a rash that does not fade when you press it

– have a fit or convulsion

Recalling Iain's brief illness, Laura-Anne said: "I remember at this point looking at Iain’s legs – he was wearing shorts – and noticing mottling. I think this was the first point I thought something might be much more wrong than any of us could ever have imagined.

"Iain told me not to worry, that he was going to be absolutely fine, to let the doctors do what they needed.

"He asked me to book him in sick for his day shift, as he didn’t think he’d make work the next day. He told me he loved me and not to be scared about anything.

"Iain was taken to ICU and the next 10 nights and 11 days were an absolute roller coaster as the medical staff tried to identify the source of the infection.

"He showed signs of improvement on day two and three in hospital – but only for short periods of time before any hope would be quickly quashed when things would take a downward turn.

"Thereafter he was put on kidney dialysis but one by one his organs got weaker and it was clear to see the deterioration as each day, and sometimes hour, passed."

Laura-Anne wants to help raise the awareness of the illness today, on World Sepsis Day.

An estimated 37,000 deaths are associated with the condition each year in the UK.


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