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TERRAS: We're there for Kyle
7:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Football
BRENDON King has moved to raise awareness of the condition which almost claimed the life of midfielder Kyle Critchell.
The Weymouth boss knew very little about sepsis until the 26-year-old was diagnosed with it last month.
The infection claims around 37,000 lives in the UK each year and King is eager for more people to read up about it.
He told Echosport: “I spoke with Kyle on the phone for 30 minutes last Sunday, which was the first conversation we have had since he was admitted to hospital.
“He is better than he was but it is going to be a long road to recovery.
“Sepsis is not a condition that is spoken about a lot, so when we first found out the full extent of the severity of it, it was frightening.
“He has lost a lot of weight and is on an awful lot of medication at present after being in a really bad place, and all we can do as a club is support and be there for him as much as we can.
“Kyle has not had much luck with injuries during his career and hopefully this is the last of that bad luck.
“He has always bounced back, which is a huge testament to him, and everyone at the club wishes him the very best with his rehabilitation.”
Critchell had to undergo numerous surgeries to pull through the condition and had it not been for an early diagnosis the consequences could have been fatal.
King added: “The infection is a lot more common than people realise and it was lucky for Kyle that it was diagnosed when it was.
“The medical staff at Dorset County Hospital were absolutely brilliant in terms of the care he received, and the fact they were so quick in detecting the condition was crucial, as it is often missed.
“I have done some research about it on the Internet and I would suggest that anyone that wants to find out more does the same.
“A report was recently carried out by the Health Service Ombudsman about it and it is clear more needs to be done to raise awareness of the symptoms, so people can get the treatment they need as soon as possible.”
* Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by the body's immune system overreacting to infection.
It can lead to swelling and blood clotting, and cause internal organs to stop working.
The most common causes of severe sepsis are pneumonia, bowel perforation, urinary infection, and severe skin infections.
Research shows that early recognition and intervention saves lives and earlier this month the Health Service Ombudsman reported that more needed to be done to prevent people succumbing to the condition.
Sepsis claims the lives of around 37,000 people in the UK each year, which is more than lung cancer and more than breast cancer and bowel cancer combined.
To find out more visit sepsistrust.org
*The Terras will host Bognor Regis Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on September 28. The Rocks beat Frome Town 4-0 in a first qualifying round replay last night.
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