Mom Is Haunted By Her Daughter's Final Words Right Before She Died From Sepsis

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A mother's main concern is the health of her children, but what happens when a serious illness is masked by symptoms of a common cold?

One mother is still haunted by her daughter's final words, right before she collapsed on the ground suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Sepsis occurs when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, an increased heart rate and breathing rate, and confusion.

The life-threatening condition can be mistaken for the flu, gastroenteritis, or a chest infection. This can lead to shock, organ failure, and death, if these symptoms are not recognized early on.

Sepsis can be treatable, but approximately 40,000 people die each year because they couldn't notice the signs early on.

Now all Chloe's mother can remember are the horrifying flashbacks from just before the start of a new year...

Chloe showed signs of a cold or the start of a chest infection during Christmas time, but it didn't seem like something that would require immediate medical attention.

On New Year's Eve in 2014, 17-year-old Chloe Christopher was with one of her closest friends "laughing and joking," talking about the New Year party they were looking forward to going to.

"It was so sudden; one minute laughing and joking, the next she said she felt unwell and a bit scared," Ms. Christopher said in a video by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

"Chloe suffered a cardiac arrest in front of us, and having to try and perform CPR on your own daughter was indescribable. The emergency staff were amazing, and tried their utmost to save Chloe but to no avail," she added.

Five months after her death, an inquest into Chloe's death revealed she had signs of a urine infection, which turned to sepsis.

Andy Swinburn, assistant director of paramedicine at the trust, said people need to be more aware of these signs:

"If you develop slurred speech or confusion, extreme shivering or muscle pain, severe breathlessness, mottled skin or you have trouble passing urine, it could be sepsis and you must seek medical help immediately, it could mean the difference between life and death."

Ms. Christopher wishes she was more knowledgeable about the life-threatening condition like she is now.

As Ms. Christopher tries to keep her daughter's memory alive by raising awareness about sepsis, she says she can't help but constantly think about the last evening she saw her daughter.

"Hearing the words 'Mam, I'm frightened, I don't feel very well' will stay with me forever," she said.