A 23-year-old music fan who thought he had flu died of sepsis just 24 hours after being diagnosed. Daniel Sheppard was suffering from a high temperature and delirium at his home in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, and a day later was having problems with his vision. He thought he had been struck down by the flu that had swept the country but when his condition worsened his worried parents called an ambulance.
Paramedics instantly diagnosed sepsis – a condition known as the ‘silent killer’ which can cause death in minutes – and Mr Sheppard was rushed to hospital. But it was too late and he died just three days after falling ill.
His grieving parents – who described their son as their ‘beautiful boy’ – have today urged everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis. Mr Sheppard’s devastated mother, Nicki, said: ‘He thought it was just the flu. Everyone else had it. But sepsis masks the same symptoms. It all happened so quick and he was gone within 24 hours. He had a raging temperature and he was talking nonsensically. It started on Monday and he was having problems with his vision on Tuesday. But by Wednesday he was really unwell so I called an ambulance. Being so young you think you can fight it, but it was so quick. It is such a tragedy at 23 years.’
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