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Sepsis affects more than 500 children every year in Queensland.

Only 23% of Australians can name a symptom of Sepsis

Babies and children are at higher risk of developing sepsis because their immune systems are weaker.

More than 50% of sepsis-related deaths in children occurring within 24 hours.

Around the world, millions of children die from sepsis.

Sepsis is the leading cause of death and disability in children.

Jackson’s Story

Jackson’s mum, Kelsey, took 14-month-old Jackson to the doctor with flu-like symptoms, including a rash. Jackson’s symptoms continued progressing and when his lips turned dark blue his parents rushed him to the emergency department at their local hospital.

His condition deteriorated quickly, his face and arm started turning purple, so Jackson and his mum Kelsey, were flown to Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH).

Jackson was diagnosed with the deadly blood infection Sepsis, caused by Group A Streptococcus, and osteomyelitis in his left shoulder. When he landed at QCH doctors were unsure if he would make it.

“I was terrified, I was told Jackson might not make it. I was in a fog. I couldn’t face the thought of losing him.” said Kelsey, Jackson’s mum.

 Thankfully, Jackson survived his first critical hours after arriving in hospital. But his doctors had to place him in a coma to help his little body fight the infection.

The sepsis in Jackson’s arm caused his muscles to tighten and his doctors needed to relieve the pressure with an operation to save his arm from being amputated.  This surgery left him with huge cuts – one so deep he needed a special skin graft to close it.

Jackson’s road to recovery was long and tough.  Sepsis continued to threaten Jackson’s organs, he spent nearly two months in hospital, enduring more emergency surgeries and more frightening trips back to intensive care.  He also lost four of his fingertips.

Today Jackson is healthy, he’ll continue to need surgeries to soften his scars as he grows, but he’s a happy toddler who loves music, cuddles and getting into mischief.

Thankfully, Jackson survived, but each year, 50 Australian kids aren’t so lucky.

Blazing the trail in sepsis research

Luregn is a consultant in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Queensland Children`s Hospital and an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland. His research group focuses on investigating sepsis, infection and inflammation, which are all linked in several ways.

Luregn and his research team have helped to shape a better understanding of who is affected by sepsis, its impact and which risk factors are relevant.

Watch the video to discover more about sepsis.

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