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Sepsis survive raises £2,000 for hospital which saved her life

Lynne Ainge, right, with her cousin, Joanne, at the fundraising event.
Lynne Ainge, right, with her cousin, Joanne, at the fundraising event.

A sepsis survivor has raised £2,000 for James Paget University Hospital to say thanks to the staff who saved her life.

Lynne Ainge organised Swing for Sepsis, a Rat Pack-themed night of music at the Best Western Brome Grange Hotel in September.

Around 60 people attended the evening and, in total, £2,000 was raised through ticket sales, an online raffle and donations.

Lynne decided to support work to raise awareness of sepsis after receiving treatment for the deadly illness at James Paget Hospital, in Great Yarmouth.

The money will go towards further education and training for staff, resources and campaign material to aid sepsis awareness.

“I know how serious sepsis can be and feel that I owe my life to the prompt care and attention of the team looking after me last year,” said Lynne, from Brome.

“It was a frightening time – I honestly didn’t think I’d make it.”

In January, 2017, Lynne suffered a small but deep cut to her ankle from a piece of glass.

The injury was washed and covered and Lynne thought it would heal but, after a few days, the cut became red and appeared to be infected.

Lynne made a plan to see her GP, but, before she could get there, the infection had spread to her knee. A friend took her to A&E and she received a rapid response with antibiotics, fluids and painkillers.

The infection continued to spread. After being diagnosed with sepsis, she was monitored day and night until the infection cleared, spending a total of three weeks in hospital.

Lynne, who suffered lasting damage to her kidneys, said the evening’s success has inspired her to arrange more fundraising and awareness events.

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