On the morning of Tuesday 14th January 2020 his heart stopped for 2 minutes; thankfully he was brought back to life by the amazing doctors & nurses in PICU, but for days the formidable medical team lived at William's bedside second by second and then minute by minute as they worked tirelessly to save him.
During his time in the induced coma, William's lung collapsed several times, which required more pipes and tubes to be inserted into his little body, bringing with them the risk of further infection and complications.
Amazingly, through the longest 8 days of our lives, William surpassed everyone’s expectations and bit by bit the doctors were able to slowly reduce his life-support.
As the medical team brought William out of his induced coma, the doctors discovered that his brain had suffered two injuries, which would temporaily affect his speech and movement. He also developed a blood clot in his leg, which meant even more medication, physio and intense support.
William spent a total of 9 weeks in hospital recovering from Sepsis and the effects of Sepsis - he had surgery to amputate both his legs and the tips of every finger (this irreversible damage was caused by Septic Shock and the drugs/treatment he underwent to keep him alive).
These life changing operations will have huge implications for William and his family. William will need prosthetic limbs, rehabilitation and the family home will need adaptions to make his recovery and every day life a little easier. He may also require further medical procedures as he grows up.
The aim of this bike ride is to raise awareness of Sepsis, to raise money for the Sepesis charity and to raise as much money as possible to help secure William's future. His courage, strength and determination inspires everyone around him everyday. William's smile is indestructible - he is one of life's true superheroes!
The bike ride will take place on on Zwift (indoor cycling platform) Saturday 12th December 2020, starting at 06:45am GMT and will continue throughout most of the day. Please come along and join the ride.
Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues.
If not treated immediately, Sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.
Sepsis consists of 3 stages - sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock. The latter is what poor William suffered.
Sepsis causes millions of deaths globally each year and is the most common cause of death in people who have been hospitalised. The number of new cases worldwide is estimated to be 18 million cases per year.
Please visit the Sepsis Trust website for more information: https://sepsistrust.org/make-a-donation/
- Simon Price
- JuiTeng Kang
- Ross Griffith
- Dennis van der Salm
Fundraising team: #Ride4William (2)
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