STRICTLY star Amy Dowden has revealed she nearly died from sepsis.
The 33-year-old professional dancer was hospitalized earlier this month after contracting the infection.
Amy was being treated for breast cancer when she contracted it.
The 33-year-old was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May after discovering a lump in her right breast a day before flying to the Maldives for her belated honeymoon with husband Ben Jones.
A month later, she underwent a mastectomy before it was discovered that the disease had spread to multiple lymph nodes.
Sepsis can be fatal in healthy people but is particularly dangerous for those undergoing treatments that suppress the immune system, such as chemotherapy.
The Strictly star has since recovered and is reunited with the ambulance staff who rescued her. In an Instagram post, he described it as a “scary ordeal.”
Sepsis claims the lives of more than 50,000 Britons every year, according to the NHS.
This happens when the body overreacts to an infection and begins damaging its own tissues and organs.
The disease is usually caused by illnesses we all know, such as the flu or a skin infection, but any pathogen can cause the disease.
There are two unclear signs of sepsis that you should be aware of.
In some cases, when the condition is caused by an infection in the gut or colon, moderate to severe diarrhea can also occur.
For some people, this can be very obvious and they will feel visibly uncomfortable.
Another noticeable sign that can show up in the morning is difficulty getting up or dizziness – which may be more noticeable when trying to get dressed.
The most common symptoms of septic shock are:
- Not being able to get up
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- Severe sleepiness or difficulty staying awake
- A significant change in mental status, such as B. extreme confusion or disorientation
- nausea and vomiting
- Cold, damp and pale skin
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, you should call 999.
A person’s chances of surviving sepsis depend heavily on receiving critical medical care as soon as possible.
The longer medical care lasts, the more likely it is that a patient will die.