Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield, has closely participated in the recent Extraordinary General Meeting on Sepsis, in which the new APPG sepsis team was selected.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis can lead to shock, multiple organ failure and even death, especially if it is not recognised early and treated promptly.
Because it can strike anyone, even those with no pre-existing health conditions, it is a dangerous illness and one that needs a concise, unilateral approach in order that effective awareness about it can be raised and consequently can be combated.
Maria attended the APPG EGM on Sepsis and was able to meet the new Sepsis APPG team. This team will lead the parliamentary awareness of this illness and will lobby, in conjunction with involved NGOs, the government for greater action and awareness of sepsis.
This is particularly critical because of the recent events to befall Mike Wood MP, a colleague and friend of Maria’s, who has recently been hospitalised due to a sudden sepsis attack. Although Mike is expected to make a full recovery, it was a life-threatening situation and one that struck without any pre-emptive signs.
Maria commented, “Mike Wood’s recent hospitalisation reveals the necessity for greater awareness about sepsis. As a former nurse, I am all too aware of this sudden and silent killer, and I am absolutely committed toward doing all I can to help raise awareness of sepsis.
“My prayers are with Mike and his family, and I am relieved that he is expected to make a full recovery. However, Mike is one of the lucky ones, and families across the country deserve a more effective Westminster representation.
“I have met with the new APPG sepsis team to familiarise myself with them so that I can be as pivotal an ambassador for sepsis sufferers, both in my constituency and across the country, as I can possibly be.”