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Big charity auction after young woman dies from sepsis

Big charity auction after young woman dies from sepsis

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 8th December 2019.

A big charity auction is taking place after a young woman from Cornwall lost her life to sepsis.

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

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

Chloe was rushed to Treliske however, despite the best efforts from medics, she could not be saved.

She passed away on the 20th October 2018, at just 20-years-old.

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

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

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

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Chloe and her dad Dave

On Sunday 8th December, a big charity auction is being held at the St Michael's Resort in Falmouth to raise money for The Sepsis Trust in Chloe's memory.

It is being hosted by Chloe's parents, Dave and Sharon, and her brother Charlie and starts from 6.30pm.

The Auction of Promises has over 80 lots, including everything from a signed Poldark script, to a yachting weekend to villa stay for eight people in Menorca.

Find everything you need to know about the event here.

Sepsis kills 44,000 people in the UK every year. That is more people than all of those who live in Newquay and Penzance combined.

"It takes about three seconds to remember Chloe's gone and my world's been turned upside down."

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A big smile from Chloe when she was a child

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
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Chloe's dad says they are "living a nightmare"

Dave has said that no-one should have to go through the same pain as his family did.

"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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