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SPOTLIGHT: ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER BY CHRIS SHEID

Kenneth Edgington
and B. Chhabra, MD
(below)

Surviving
Sepsis

Care helped Miller resident recover
from life-threatening illness

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Miller resident Kenneth
Edgington beat the odds. He
survived after being treated
last February for both pneumonia and
sepsis at St. Mary Medical Center in
Hobart. Sepsis is a dangerous condition
related to infection and can be fatal.
Edgington, 52, a steelworker and
husband and father of two, says he had
heard of sepsis, but was unaware of
its seriousness.
"I've never had pneumonia before," he
says. "I didn't have any idea that pneumonia could lead to sepsis. I never had
any idea you could die from sepsis."
Edgington had suffered for several
days from mild flu-like symptoms, but
then developed severe muscle aches and
shortness of breath.
"At work, every five or 10 steps I
would take felt like I'd run a thousand
miles," he recalls. "I had to stop and
catch my breath, because my muscles, all of them, were hurting worse
than you can imagine. I went down a
flight of about 50 stairs and I could
not get back up the stairs."
Shortness of breath and extreme
muscle pain are two symptoms of
sepsis. Others include shivering, fever
or feeling cold, pale or discolored skin
and sleepiness, confusion or difficulty
waking up.
Edgington first visited a local
urgent care center and was told that
tests for pneumonia were negative. He
was prescribed a course of antibiotics
and advised to follow up with his family physician. The next day Edgington's
muscle pain intensified.
"What got my attention besides shortness of breath was the severe muscle
pain," he says. "Usually I can get through
a sore throat or runny nose, but the



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