The UK Sepsis Trust: St Mark’s supports the National Women’s League Project in November & December


Many of you reading this will remember Adam, also known as AdsthePoet, who was a member of St Marks with his parents Zoe and Paul for several years until 2013.

We are very grateful to his mother, Zoe Bojelian for sharing very important information in support of The UK Sepsis Trust, which this year, is our National Women’s League Project .


Adam moved south with his family to be closer to grandparents. Tragically as many of you also know, Adam died from sepsis in 2015 at the age of just 15 years old.

Adam was one of 25,000 children affected by sepsis in the UK each year. 44,000 people die from sepsis in UK every year, five people every hour. But it does not have to be this way. If caught early sepsis is often treatable.

Sepsis is the body’s overreaction to infection or injury. If not treated immediately it can lead to organ failure and death, as happened with Adam. Sepsis can look like flu, a tummy bug or chest infection so can be hard to spot.

The UK Sepsis Trust advise seeking urgent medical advice if an ADULT develops any of these signs:

• Slurred speech

• Extreme shivering or muscle pain

• Passing no urine (in a day)

• Severe breathlessness

• It feels like you are going to die

• Skin mottled or discoloured

For children seek urgent medical advice if a child is:

• Breathing very fast

• Has a ‘fit’ or convulsion

• Looks mottled, bluish or pale

• Has a rash that does not fade when pressed

• Is lethargic or difficult to wake

• Feels unusually cold to touch

If a child is UNDER 5 he or she may have sepsis if he or she

• Is not feeding

• Is vomiting repeatedly

• Has not passed urine for 12 hours

Obviously, these symptoms can occur when someone does not have sepsis, so don’t panic but DO seek urgent medical advice. If you are a health professional also listen and act if a patient or family are concerned. There have been many reported cases, including Adam’s, where the patient and family knew the patient was seriously ill but concerns were ignored by health professionals. Don’t let that happen to your patient. Listen and act fast.

The information about sepsis here came from the Sepsis Trust who are already saving lives by raising awareness amongst the public and health professionals. Donations to the UK Sepsis Trust really do save lives.