Aspiring paramedic dies of sepsis days after complaining of cold

Jessica Holbrook’s family is campaigning to raise awareness of sepsis after Holbrook died five days after she had a sore throat and a cough

By EMS1 Staff

SOUTH YORKSHIRE, England — An aspiring paramedic’s family is raising awareness about sepsis after she died from the infection just five days after complaining of a cold.

Daily Mail reported that Jessica Holbrook, who organized routine ambulance appointments for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, had gone to see a doctor twice after complaining of cold-like symptoms including a sore throat and itchy cough.

Five days later, her colleagues were called to her grandmother’s house, where she was pronounced dead.

"During the night Jessica was restless and struggled to sleep,” Holbrook’s grandmother, Barbara, said. "At first she said she was tired and cold, but then was really hot and sweaty. Later that morning she was sick and so we phoned an ambulance. By this point it was just manic and all a blur. The paramedics who arrived were Jessica's friends. They did everything they could but she didn't make it."

Her family is now sharing her story to raise awareness about the dangers of sepsis.

“Jessica was a beautiful, bubbly person, who was very hard-working. It was her dream to become a paramedic and she was working towards that career,” Holbrook’s father, Lee, said. “None of us can believe she has gone and that she will never get to fulfil all the dreams and ambitions she had.”

"While nothing can bring her back, all we can hope for now is that others recognize the symptoms of sepsis before it's too late,” Lee added. "If by raising awareness of how dangerous sepsis can be we save a life, then Jessica's death may not have been in vain.”


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