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You can help save hundreds of children like Lily
Did you know that sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is a leading cause of child mortality? It occurs when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs, potentially leading to death or significant illness. In Australia and New Zealand 500 children per year are put on life support due to its seriousness.
The World Health Organization recognises the urgent need for improved diagnosis of childhood sepsis.
How your donation would help children like Lily
When Lily became ill, it was difficult for doctors to work out what was wrong. Lily’s mum Anita could see that her little girl was seriously unwell but it was only on her second hospital visit that she was diagnosed with sepsis. This is often the case with sepsis as it has symptoms similar to virus, which are so common among children.
“It all started with flu-like systems. I knew she wasn’t well but she didn’t have the words to tell me what was wrong. ” – Lily’s mum
Luckily Dr. Crista Bell, at the Gold Coast University Hospital, diagnosed Lily’s sepsis before it led to organ failure, or worse still, death. Scarily, the infection had travelled into her bloodstream and attached to her tiny heart. Her condition was so serious that she was given a 2% chance of survival and had to have open heart surgery to remove the infection.
Gold Coast Health child specialists need your support to test a new diagnostic tool in our hospitals that could reduce mortality for children like Lily.
Your gift, will help save children like Lily.