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Pictured: Chairperson - Doireann O Mahony, Board Members - Conor Callaghan & James Corcoran
Pictured: Chairperson - Doireann O Mahony, Board Members - Conor Callaghan & James Corcoran

15th November 2023 marked a historic moment as the Irish Sepsis Foundation, Lil Red Legacy Sepsis Awareness Campaign, and End Sepsis stood before the Oireachtas Health Committee. Together, we urged the HSE to champion protocols and sepsis awareness in hospitals.

Heart-wrenching stories were shared by Lil Red Legacy Sepsis Awareness Campaign and End Sepsis, recounting the loss of their sons Sean & Rory (15 & 12) to preventable sepsis. Board Member & Sepsis Survivor Conor Callaghan (24) shed light on the post- discharge struggle, emphasizing the need for comprehensive aftercare.

Chairperson Doireann O Mahony stressed the urgency of implementing hospital protocols and support services for Sepsis Survivors & Grieving Families. We implore the HSE to take stock of today's events and become a catalyst for change in Ireland. With action, we can reduce the staggering 3,000 annual sepsis-related deaths.

Gratitude to Comhairle and all advocating TDS for their passionate support. Let's not rest on our laurels—this morning's meeting must fuel our commitment to enact positive change.

Sepsis Awareness

Irish Sepsis Foundation on Virgin Media

Irish Sepsis Foundation in the Media

A man sitting on a couch.

'I did feel like I was going to die': Sepsis claims almost 3,000 deaths a year

A staggering 60% of all hospital deaths in Ireland are related to sepsis.

Doireann O'Mahony, a barrister from Cork.

Cork barrister receives award for highlighting danger of sepsis

A Cork barrister who was presented a prestigious civic award by Cork’s Lord Mayor this week has dedicated her recognition to the memory of Tracey Corcoran, a Cork city mother who died of sepsis three years ago.

A mother and child in arms.

Call for mandatory sepsis protocols in all hospitals

Families of loved ones who died from sepsis have called on the Government to double down on efforts to increase awareness of the illness.

The Oireachtas logo.

Joint Committee on Health debate - Wednesday, 15 Nov 2023

Awareness, Prevention and Services for the Treatment of Sepsis: Discussion Joint Committee on Health debate - Wednesday, 15 Nov 2023.

Tracey Corcoran, who died from sepsis.

We want to ensure no other family suffers like ours

Tracey Corcoran would have celebrated her 40th birthday this week, but tragically she died from sepsis, writes JENNIFER HORGAN.

Doireann O'Mahony, a barrister from Cork.

Call for TV advertisement to counter 'shockingly' low awareness of sepsis

An Oireachtas committee heard there are almost 15,000 sepsis cases a year recorded in Ireland, with an average of 3,000 deaths every year.

Tracey with her two children.

Families who lost loved ones to sepsis call on HSE to start 'aggressive' awareness campaign

Almost 3,000 people die with sepsis in Ireland in a year.