Kingswood School in Bath, in partnership with the Royal United Hospital, is hosting an exclusive screening of the film Starfish on 20 January 2017 to allow viewers to learn more about sepsis, including how to identify it, and what to do if you recognise the symptoms.
Starfish tells the true story of Tom Ray’s devastating battle with sepsis which required amputation of all four limbs and a partial face amputation to save his life. Starfish openly reveals Tom’s struggle with his new disabilities and the strain on his marriage and ability to care for his children.
Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs. If not identified and treated quickly, it can lead rapidly to organ failure and death, and leaves thousands of survivors with life-changing disabilities. The condition affects adults and children alike. Hitting 150,000 people in the UK annually and resulting in 44,000 deaths, earlier recognition and treatment could save 14,000 lives every year, and save the NHS £314 million per annum.
Said Kingswood Head of Drama, Kate Nash: “The Drama department at Kingswood choose two charities to support each year, raising over £5000 in the last three years. I came across a video on Facebook by a mum who had lost her four year old son to Sepsis and it frightened me because I knew nothing about how common it was to die from the condition. It’s impossible to see something like that, have your eyes opened and then walk away and forget all about it.”
Dr Lesley Jordan, RUH Sepsis Lead will be present to answer any questions and to share the improvements in Sepsis management at the RUH, which has been recognized nationally.