Mum warns over silent killer sepsis that took life of fit 25-year-old daughter

A mum is raising awareness of sepsis after her 25-year-old daughter died suddenly from the condition last year.

Molly Webb, who was a footballer with the Loughborough Foxes, passed away in January 2019.

Her mother Kym Lawrence said that Molly thought she had the flu and nobody considered anything else, Leicestershire Live reports.

Thirteen months after her death, Mrs Lawrence said she still cannot believe her daughter passed away and wants to help other families avoid the heartache she had to experience.

In August 2019, Molly's partner Emily Sharp and best friend Leandra Whelband set up "Molly's Gift", a fundraising trust that aims to fund youth development in sport, particularly for disadvantaged children – a cause close to Molly's heart.

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Just the day before Molly died, she had been at a 60th birthday surprise for Kym alongside her three brothers.

Kym said: “She had recently begun a new role as a prison officer at Leicester Prison so Molly being extremely conscientious had been to work on the morning she passed away.

“During her shift Molly had been to see the prison officer nurse and was given paracetamol for ‘flu like symptoms’.

“The previous day Molly and her three brothers had treated me to a 60th birthday surprise to Go-Ape as we are an active family.

“Molly completed the course with us all, slower than she would have normally done, but she did have ‘flu like symptoms’… if only we had known about sepsis .

“My precious daughter passed away only a couple of hours of arriving at Leicester Royal Infirmary.”

Kym, who lives in Sawley, has purchased some "Could it be Sepsis" posters from the UK Sepsis Trust which she has hand delivered to GP surgeries throughout the area.

She said none of the ones she visited had relevant information about the potentially life-threatening condition on display.

The grieving mum said: “Every three seconds, someone in the world dies of Sepsis.

“In the UK alone 245,000 people are affected by Sepsis with at least 48,000 people losing their lives in Sepsis related illness every year. This is more than breast, bowel and prostrate cancer combined. Everyone has heard of these, yet not enough people are aware of Sepsis.

“Sepsis is known as the silent killer.

“It is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury.

“Normally our body fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons not yet understood, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If it isn’t treated immediately, Sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.

“No GP surgery I visited had any information posters displayed on “Could it be Sepsis” which patients sitting in the waiting rooms could read to raise self awareness so when they went in to their appointment they could ask their GP the question ‘with how I’m feeling could it be Sepsis?’

“I hope distributing the posters where I can will raise awareness of Sepsis and save someone’s parent, grandparent, sibling, partner, best friend from going through the unimaginable, life changing, unbearable, heart-breaking pain of grief I have been through.”

The initial symptoms of sepsis look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection, but if they become more severe – for example causing slurred speech or confusion, extreme pain or muscle pain, severe breathlessness – it is necessary to seek medical help.

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