Today I want to tell you about a story that doesn’t just highlight a serious condition but will also help to raise funds for it:
Three-and-a-Half Heartbeats By Amanda Prowse
Published as an Ebook by Head of Zeus on September 10th 2015 at £1.99
Praise for Amanda Prowse:
Captivating, heart-breaking and superbly written – Closer
Prowse handles her explosive subject with delicate skill… Deeply moving and inspiring – Daily Mail
Have tissues at the ready! – Bella Powerful and emotional – Heat
Someone dies from Sepsis every three and a half seconds.
Amanda Prowse is releasing this exclusive ebook to raise awareness and funds for The UK Sepsis Trust.
All proceeds for the book go to the UK Sepsis Trust. The target for ebook sales is £500,000.
Dr Ron Daniels, CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust and frontline NHS consultan: “Sepsis is a cruel and indiscriminate killer. Amanda’s kindness will have a transformative effect on our charity so that we can continue raising awareness amongst the public and medical profession.”
Three and a Half Heartbeats is about Grace and Tom Penderford. They are a normal loving married couple, with a comfortable home in Hertfordshire and a beautiful baby girl, Chloe. When Chloe is three years old she has to have her tonsils out. It’s a fairly straight forward operation. When they get her home she’s shivering, she hasn’t peed all day and she’s very quiet. Her parents call the hospital: the nurse suggests they bring her in, if they’re really worried, but her parents don’t want to be melodramatic: it’s probably just a cold. No point wasting hospital time.
A few hours later Chloe collapses.
Also referred to as septicaemia, Sepsis is a deadly disease which, shockingly, very few people know about and even fewer know that it is a medical emergency.
Amanda Prowse is a bestselling novelist of several short stories and 10 books, including the Number 1 bestselling What Have I Done? She has also been Writer in Residence on ITV’s This Morning and has an incredible 130K followers on Twitter. On Remembrance Day 2012 Amanda Prowse made headlines with her debut novel Poppy Day. She received widespread military support, celebrity endorsements and appeared in newspapers and on TV sofas everywhere. Amanda donated all her author royalties to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. This was followed by 4 more novels Clover’s Child, What Have I Done, A Little Love and Will You Remember Me? Her latest novels are A Mother’s Story and Perfect Daughter.
Amanda is married with two children. They live near Bristol.
Connect with Amanda on Twitter at @MrsAmandaProwse, on Facebook and YouTube and at www.amandaprowse.org
More Information about Sepsis
- Sepsis is the current term for septicaemia, or blood poisoning. When the body starts to fight an infection it can trigger the immune system to go into overdrive, damaging the body’s own tissues and organs. Untreated, sepsis leads to multiple organ failure and death.
- If diagnosed and treated in the first hour following presentation with sepsis, the patient has more than an 80% survival rate. After the sixth hour, the patient only has a 30% survival rate.
- In the UK, it’s estimated that we see 102,000 cases of severe sepsis every year, with a staggering 37,000 deaths. In comparison, breast cancer claims over 12,000 lives each year.
- Sepsis is one of the biggest direct causes of death in pregnancy in the UK.
- It consumes over a third of our most expensive hospital beds in Intensive Care and costs the NHS around £2.5 billion a year.
- UKST public awareness poll 2014: 40% of the public had heard the word ‘sepsis’ and of those only 40% knew it was a medical emergency.
- Global figures: In the developing world, sepsis kills more than 6 million neonates and children yearly. Every hour, about 40 people die from sepsis worldwide.
- Symptoms of sepsis include a rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, a change in behaviour (confusion, drowsiness or slurring words – patients can appear ‘drunk’), hypothermia, diarrhorea, changes in skin colour, sore throats and flu-like symptoms.