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'His leg was marked for amputation' - A brush with 'silent killer' sepsis

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09.06.2022

Being the child of a builder, I am used to seeing my dad with various cuts and grazes, often covered by a grubby plaster or two.

So, unsurprisingly, I didn’t bat an eyelid when on one scorching summer’s day, he told me about his latest drama.

He explained that while balancing tools and other paraphernalia on top of a roof at temperatures of 42C (107F) and upwards, he slipped.

Without going into too much detail, the electric drill he was holding made contact with his knee and caused it to bleed. To be fair, he’s survived far worse.

After bandaging him up and lecturing him about workplace safety, as well as warning him not to do manual labour in desert-like conditions, off he went.

That was the end of that – or so I thought.

Martin Bishop (right), with his wife Carolyn - Credit: Donna-Louise Bishop

A day or two later, I asked him how he was. He said his knee was “a bit sore” but overall declared himself fit and well. Except, he did not sound it.

Instead, he was becoming emotional and had........

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