Heartbreaking final words of man who died from sepsis a decade after his wife passed away from the same condition

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A GRIEVING husband's heartbreaking last words have been revealed after he and his childhood sweetheart both died from sepsis.

Brian Dowdeswell said: "I want to get better but I'm not going to. This killed my wife and I feel like I am dying" before he passed away aged 75.

 Brian Dowdeswell died from sepsis ten years after his wife died from the same diseasekennedynewsandmedia.co.uk Brian Dowdeswell died from sepsis ten years after his wife died from the same disease

His wife Jackie, who were childhood sweethearts after meeting at the tender age of just 11, had tragically died from the same disease just days after being diagnosed ten years earlier.

Now their two daughters Donna Clements, 45, and Sheila Goacher, 54, have revealed their heartache to prove the disease isn't as "rare" as medics make out.

Donna, of Swindon, Wilts, said: "One disease has robbed my family of so much.

"My family has been decimated by sepsis. I didn't expect to be an orphan by the age of 45.

 Brian and wife Jackie met when they were aged just 11kennedynewsandmedia.co.uk Brian and wife Jackie met when they were aged just 11  She tragically passed in 2008 from sepsiskennedynewsandmedia.co.uk She tragically passed in 2008 from sepsis  Their daughters Donna Clements and Sheila Goacher are now trying to raise awarenesskennedynewsandmedia.co.uk Their daughters Donna Clements and Sheila Goacher are now trying to raise awareness

"You always hear of it referred to as rare but I don't believe it is. The coroner said it was a rare disease, the NHS website calls it rare. But it can't be true – I lost both my mum and my dad to it.

"What is scary is that both my mum and dad both said the same thing while they were ill – they both said they felt like they were going to die.

"My dad opened up to one of the nurses and said 'my wife died of this'. He was obviously very scared.

 The family say they have been ripped apart from the conditionkennedynewsandmedia.co.uk The family say they have been ripped apart from the condition

"He told her 'I want to get better but I'm not going to. It killed my wife and I feel like I am dying'. It's just so tragic."

The family had been on holiday in Lapland in 2008 when Jackie fell ill after returning to the UK with flu-like symptoms.

But it later emerged that she had caught a bacterial infection in her throat that entered her bloodstream and she died two days later.

Sepsis – the deadly condition

Sepsis is the primary cause of death from infection around the world – and claims around 40,000 lives in the UK each year – more than bowel, breast or prostrate cancer combined.

The condition is always triggered by an infection – most often recognisable infectios such as pneumonia, urinary infections (UTIs), skin infections including cellulitis and infections in the stomach or appendicitis.

Signs of sepsis you shouldn't ignore include:

  • weakness
  • loss of appetite
  • fever and chills
  • thirst
  • difficult or rapid breathing
  • rapid heart rate
  • low blood pressure
  • low urine output

In a cruel twist of fate nine years later, Brian was sent to hospital in September to remove a brain tumour and was discharged.

But he began feeling unwell and was rushed back to hospital on September 21 – passing away three weeks later.

Mum-of-two Sheila, a compliance manager, said: "When they said it was sepsis I felt like the bottom had fallen out of my world. 'Please not again' I kept thinking to myself.

"It felt like history repeating itself. It was awful. My mum and dad were inseparable."

Now the sisters say they are haunted by the thought of the disease and try raise as much awareness as possible by handing out leaflets and hosting charity events.

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