WHEN little Ella went down with a severe cold, her mum knew something wasn't right.
The little baby had had colds before but this time was different.
Yet, when Jade Rodford, 30, took her daughter to medics, they simply dismissed the tot as having a common bug.
"I took her to the GP who said she seemed fine," she recalled.
"I dropped her at my mum's. After five minutes my mum called me and said you need to come home, Ella can't breathe and has turned blue.
"Luckily I was nearby but when I got home she looked terrible.
"Her temperature was really high."
The mum-of-two from Gravesend, Kent, decided to go back to the hospital and said that Ella only started to display troubling symptoms when she got home.
So the quick-thinking mum quickly got out her phone and filmed Ella – showing off her pot-marked, purple skin.
She rang NHS 111 but was told by the operator that the situation wasn't serious enough for an ambulance.
ACT FAST… SEPSIS CAN KILL
SEPSIS is a serious condition that can prove fatal if it's not treated quickly.
Go STRAIGHT to A&E if your child shows any of these symptoms:
- looks mottled, bluish or pale
- is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- feels abnormally cold to touch
- is breathing really fast
- has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- has a fit or convulsion
Get medical advice by calling NHS 111 if you notice these symptoms in your baby:
- a temperature over 38C in babies under 3 months
- a temperature over 39C in babies aged 3 to 6 months
- any high temperature in a child thats shows no interest in anything
- a low temp – below 36C after checking 3 times in 10 mins
- struggling to breathe, looks like it's hard work
- makes grunting noises while breathing
- can't say more than a few words at once
- breathing that obviously pauses
- not had a wee or wet nappy for 12 hours
- new baby under 1 month with no interest in feeding
- not drinking for more than 8 hours (when awake)
- bile-stained (green), bloody or black vomit
- soft spot on baby's head is bulging
- eyes look sunken
- baby is floppy
- weak or whining, or continuous crying
- older child who's confused
- not responding or irritable
- stiff neck, especially when trying to look up and down
Sepsis signs in older kids and adults:
- high temperature
- chills and shivering
- a fast heartbeat
- problems or changes to breathing
- feeling or acting differently from normal – not seeming like themselves
Septic shock can also cause:
- feeling dizzy or faint
- change in mental state – confusion
- slurred speech
- severe muscle pain
- severe breathlessness
- less urine production than normal
- cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
- loss of consciousness
To find out more, see the NHS website for info.
Jade rushed Ella to the hospital herself, where she showed the clip tp doubting doctors who realised she had all the signs of deadly sepsis.
Jade said: "I took a video and said 'Can I show you this?' A doctor saw the video with three of her colleagues.
"As soon as they saw that the medics decided to take her in.
"The video showed her shallow breathing and the purple, red and white skin, mottle skin."
Ella was diagnosed with sepsis and had to spend 12 days hooked up to intravenous drugs.
Four years later, Ella is now healthy and happy – but it could have ended very differently.
Jade is sharing the video after coming across it recently and thinking that every parent should see it.
"Everyone needs to know what to look for. I knew something was wrong with my daughter but I didn't know what – hopefully some good can come out of something horrendous happening to my daughter."
Jade believes that the video saved her little daughter's life.
"Without that video I was just coming into hospital with a normal child with a high temperature.
"But the video showed the full extent of what was going on and how serious it was.
"If I hadn't taken the video they would have sent me home and Ella wouldn't be here."
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