There is a life-threatening condition that has claimed the lives of two more young people. It’s called sepsis. This condition is a serious burden on the American healthcare system. According to the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, there are over 750,000 cases of it per year. Out of those 750,000 cases, 215,000 result in death. Sepsis costs the American government about $16.7 billion a year.
With that said, it’s important to hear about how this condition claims the lives of individuals. I’ll start with the two young people.
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It begins a few weeks before Christmas, where 12-year-old Alyssa Alcaraz was not feeling her usual happy self. Alyssa loved singing, making people laugh and cheerleading, but her illness stopped her from doing all that, so people knew it must have been serious.
According to ABC News, Alyssa’s mother Keila Lino took her to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California. She got treatment there and the doctors diagnosed her with the flu and sent her home to rest, take ibuprofen and drink fluids.
Three days after being sent home to rest, Alyssa passed away, which crushed the Alcaraz family. Her death was not caused by the flu. Alyssa’s death was caused by cardiac arrest and septic shock. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a family has lost a child due to overlooking sepsis.
According to Dr. Greg Martin, doctors often miss sepsis until it’s too late because the symptoms of sepsis mimic the symptoms of the flu and pneumonia.
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