Dear readers, I chair the German Sepsis Aid from its beginnings and I'm proud of what we have achieved so far. Here you can read in detail how I experienced sepsis. 

My own story

After a major tumour surgery in the mouth in 2003, I developed a strong inflammatory response going along with high fever, severe circulatory problems, respiratory distress and loss of consiousness. I had been in coma for 7 weeks and could neither walk nor stand afterwards - I had to relearn everything. My rehabilitation treatment included also psycological care for I was very depressive at that time. I have fully recovered and my life changed radically: I lost 70 kg of weight, I'm no longer diabetic, I no longer drink and smoke. I even changed my diet and became a vegan. I'm convinced that god gave me a new, second life!

 

My way to the German Sepsis Aid

I personally experienced that it is difficult for a patient to get information about a disease, to find contact points or a possibility to communicate with other survivors. Apart from the physical problems I suffered mainly from the psycological sequelae. Without the help and support of my wife I wouldn't be so well now!

Only by chance I heard from the "sepsis center" at the Jena University Hospital. When the German Sepsis Aid was founded on September 5th, 2007, I have been elected chairman and since then I'm helping to close this information gap.  

I'm proud of what we have achieved so far and I'm looking forward to new challenges and projects - your welcome to support us!

Yours sincerly,

Hubert Grönert