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Shadwell mum thanks ambulance crew for help with sepsis son

Shauna and Fox Tate with student paramedic Michael Bucher and paramedic Amy Hammerton
Shauna and Fox Tate with student paramedic Michael Bucher and paramedic Amy Hammerton

A mother has thanked ambulance staff for rushing to her son’s aid when he was seriously ill with sepsis.

On March 25, Shauna Tate’s two-year-old son, Fox, began running a high temperature and went ‘really floppy’.

When the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust crew arrived at the family home in Shadwell they said they suspected Fox was suffering from sepsis, a serious and potentially life-threatening blood infection, and blue lighted him to hospital.

Fox was discharged but Shauna brought him back to hospital two days later after he started being sick and his lips turned blue.

A blood test confirmed he had sepsis as a result of a throat infection and he spent eight days in hospital.

Following an operation and a six-week course of antibiotics, Fox is now on the road to recovery and was able to join his ‘extremely grateful’ mother when she visited the crew at Thetford station last Monday.

Shauna, who plans to become a community first responder to help others with life-threatening conditions, told the crew: “Before taking us to the hospital we agreed that Fox had suspected sepsis.

“Two days later and too scared to waste paramedics’ time again I drove myself at 4am shaking with fear. I trusted your initial instincts and you were right.

“I am so grateful for your confidence and honesty. It could have been too late and it wasn’t. We will always be thankful.”

For details on how to spot the signs of sepsis and what to do, go to www.nhs.uk/cond itions


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