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Brett Dymond’s family will forever remember this Mother’s Day for all the wrong reasons. The 38-year-old father-of-two, from Hillingdon, west London, had his life support switched off on 19 March after being struck by sepsis. The first red flag, pointing to the life-threatening condition, appeared just a few days earlier as a spot on his leg.
Sadly, Brett’s sepsis triggered three cardiac arrests and brain damage, which led to his life support being switched off on Mother’s day.
Sepsis describes a life-threatening condition which occurs when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage its own tissues and organs.
According to the NHS, the key symptoms in adults that require calling 999 or going to the accident and emergency department include:
- Acting confused, slurred speech or not making sense
- Blue, grey, pale or blotchy skin, lips or tongue (on brown or black skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet)
- Rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
- Difficulty breathing, breathlessness or breathing very fast.
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Despite being life-threatening, sepsis can be hard to spot and its symptoms may resemble other conditions like flu, the NHS explains.
Brett’s cousin Kelly Sims explained that he felt “like he was coming down with something” and had a spot appear on his leg “which spread with swelling”.
Brett, who has two sons Tommy, two, and Reiss, 16, went to work despite feeling ill but was forced to come home early.
His wife Charlene called non-emergency number 111 when he struggled to walk, felt weak and had hallucinations, according to Sims.
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She said that Brett was advised to go to the hospital and he ended up being admitted for sepsis before succumbing to the illness on 19 March.
The dad’s sepsis was caused by necrotising fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bug, and haemolytic strep A, which infected his blood and caused multi-organ failure.
His doctor described him as “the sickest patient they’d seen in ICU [intensive care unit] in the last five years”.
Brett was put into an induced coma and on kidney dialysis to help save him before his death.
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Sims, who set up a GofundMe for the family, penned: “Charlene, Tommy and Reiss have just lost their entire world on Mother’s day!
“This was the devastating news that we all feared, that it was the end of the road for Brett, a selfless young man with a pure heart, and a wife and children who needed him.
“We lost our son, father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend on Mother’s day!
“With all of this in mind we would like to raise as much money as possible towards the cost of his funeral, as being so young, there was no plan or insurance in place.
“This will hopefully take away some of the financial pressures they will now be facing to help make sure the next chapter is the happiest it can be, under the circumstances.”
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