Thirteen-year-old Lauren Menzies from the UK tragically lost her life to sepsis, a condition that went undetected until it was too late. Initially believed to be a flu or stomach bug, Lauren’s illness rapidly worsened, leading her mother to take her to the hospital where sepsis was diagnosed. Unfortunately, Lauren succumbed to the infection within six days.
Lauren’s parents are now dedicated to raising awareness about sepsis to prevent similar tragedies. They have initiated a fundraising campaign for Sepsis Research FEAT, highlighting the need for prompt medical attention when symptoms deviate from the ordinary. Sepsis, often referred to as a “hidden killer,” can escalate swiftly.
Lauren’s mother emphasized that even common illnesses should not be ignored, and any concern about potential sepsis should lead to seeking immediate medical care.
Her mother shared, “She’d been at her dance class on Monday and a drama production on a Tuesday, so there was no indication it was anything more serious than a tummy bug. Then she went downhill so quickly.”
The family hopes that by spreading awareness, they can save lives and spare other parents the heartache they endured.