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"A living nightmare": Appeal after woman dies from sepsis

"A living nightmare": Appeal after woman dies from sepsis

Published by Emma Carton at 7:53am 5th December 2019. (Updated at 12:58pm 5th December 2019)

The dad of a young woman from Cornwall is making an emotional appeal, a year after her tragic death from sepsis.

Chloe Rideout from Coverack spent six days at Derriford after surgery on her appendix.

She developed the infection that claimed her life just a day after being discharged.

The 20-year-old was rushed to Treliske however, despite the best efforts from medics, she could not be saved.

"We lived a nightmare every day"

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20-year-old Chloe Rideout from Cornwall died from sepsis, just days after a routine operation at Derriford Hospital


Chloe's Story

Since Chloe's death, her dad, Dave Rideout, has been campaigning to raise awareness about sepsis and its symptoms.

Posting on the Just Giving page, Dave has said that no-one should have to go through the same pain.

"My daughter went in hospital for an appendix operation and ended up dying from Sepsis.

"As you can imagine, we are totally heartbroken and struggling to understand why this has happened.

"We didn't know what Sepsis was and if we did Chloe would still be alive. Chloe was only 20!

"She was lovely and only ever thought of others.

"Please give generously so we can raise money for The Sepsis Trust so no other innocent person dies.

"The Sepsis Trust visits schools, doctors and hospitals to educate and raise awareness of this problem so hopefully another young person doesn't lose their life and another family doesn't have to live the nightmare we are going through".

He added: "I call it the three second wake-up. I wake up the next morning, open my eyes and yawn and it takes about three seconds to remember Chloe's gone and my world's been turned upside down".

Dave Rideout

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Chloe, from Coverack in Cornwall, fell ill with the infection just a day after being discharged from Derriford Hospital


How can I help?

The family's Just Giving appeal to help raise awareness of sepsis has raised over £35,000.

Now Dave, his wife Sharon and their son Charlie have organised a charity auction in Chloe's memory, to raise even money for The Sepsis Trust.

The Auction of Promises is being held at St Michaels Resort in Falmouth on Sunday 8th December and has more than 80 lots.

Advanced bids are being taken for a range of items, many donated by local businesses, including a Poldark script signed by stars Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.

You can read more about the auction and submit advanced bids here.

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Chloe's family have organised an Auction of Promises in her memory, to raise money for The Sepsis Trust


What are the signs of sepsis?

The NHS says you must call 999 immediately if your child has these symptoms:

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

You can find more information on what to look out for here or watch more advice below...

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