The BBC’s Sarah McMullen suffers from sepsis after a segment on the disease

The BBC’s Sarah McMullen suffers from sepsis after a segment on the disease

The BBC’s Sarah McMullen suffers from sepsis after a segment on the disease

A British TV reporter is warning others that she contracted sepsis and failed to recognize its symptoms – even after interviewing a woman who nearly died of the disease just a month earlier.

Sarah McMullen, a BBC Scotland reporter, spent six days in hospital after suffering a life-threatening reaction to the body’s radical response to infection.

The condition is also known as the “hidden killer” because of the difficulty in detection as the immune response attacks the body and risks organ failure.

McMullen fell ill just a month after interviewing sepsis survivor Kimberley Bradley, who was in a coma for eight days, on “The Nine.” the BBC announced.

Bradley said she contracted meningococcal septicemia, which developed into full-blown sepsis, also known as blood poisoning.

The BBC’s Sarah McMullen suffers from sepsis after a segment on the disease
BBC Scotland reporter Sarah McMullen contracted sepsis and failed to recognize her symptoms.
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Sarah McMullen interviews sepsis survivor Kimberley Bradley
McMullen recently interviewed sepsis survivor Kimberley Bradley, who was in a coma for eight days.
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“A month after this interview, I ended up very badly myself due to sepsis. Which resulted in a visit to A and E, a week in the hospital and a few more weeks of pills and rest,” McMullen, 30, he said on Twitterusing the British term for ambulance.

The journalist tried to further educate the public and called on people who have symptoms to seek help immediately.

“I should have acted earlier,” she admitted.

McMullen told BBC Radio Scotland’s “Drivetime” that Bradley “talked about all the symptoms and what to look out for and what to remember and when to get help, and I didn’t remember them well enough.”

She said she began to feel unwell at her studio in Glasgow, where she caught a cold and had chills.

“That’s when I started physically shaking and all the color went out of my face,” McMullen said. “My lips turned blue. My hands were chalk white, as if you had been standing outside for hours in the winter.”

Sarah McMullen
The reporter said that recognizing the symptoms “is the difference between life and death in some cases,”
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She said she “felt like something psychological might happen to me because I was actually so confused and quite tearful.”

Later, McMullen tried to sleep without the symptoms, but they gradually worsened and she finally sought help about two days later.

When she arrived at the hospital, she was admitted as a category two patient.

“Category one is life-threatening, so I was very sick,” she said, explaining that she was given antibiotics and morphine because her temperature had soared.

McMullen ended up spending six days in the hospital.

“It could have been much worse. I was told that on several occasions,” she said. “The doctors kept telling me, ‘You were very lucky here.'”

The broadcaster urged people to seek help immediately if they develop symptoms such as a rapid rise in temperature or uncontrollable shaking.

“It really is the difference between life and death in some cases,” she said.

Symptoms of sepsis also include a high heart rate or weak pulse; confusion or disorientation; heavy breathing; severe pain or discomfort; and moist or sweaty skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Monday, McMullen said in a tweet: “Thanks to everyone for your well wishes. I’m very happy to be back at work, back in the studio and back to work.”



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