Jess thanks staff for saving her mum’s life

Jess Callaghan (front left) and her mum Jan with matron Sue Ewart and Sarah Lindman, critical care rehabilitation assistant.
Jess Callaghan (front left) and her mum Jan with matron Sue Ewart and Sarah Lindman, critical care rehabilitation assistant.

A woman raised thousands of pounds for a hospital unit that helped save her mum’s life.

Jess Callaghan, from Whitley Bay, ran the Great North Run and helped her family hold a social evening for the team in critical care at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The team cared for her mum Jan after she fell seriously ill with sepsis last November.

Sepsis, also referred to as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is the body’s reaction to an infection and the body attacks its own organs and tissues.

Jan, 59, from Monkseaton, was in a coma for almost two weeks, had multiple organ failure and was only kept alive by hospital machines.

She has made a full recovery and returned to work.

Jess, 30, raised around £3,200 for the unit.

She said: “My mam initially went into hospital feeling ill with suspected pneumonia and mild sepsis.

“Two days later the sepsis took over her body and started to shut everything down, we were told she would die that night and she was given the last rites.

“The next few hours and days are a bit of a blur, but the amazing staff in the unit worked so hard to save my mam’s life.”

“Not only did they work to save her, but the care and support they showed my dad, myself and my sister, as well as the rest of our family and friends will never be forgotten.

“From keeping us informed about every detail, to making makeshift beds and getting us food, I cannot thank them enough.

“I wanted to do something to show my, and my family’s, appreciation and thanks to the amazing staff. We are all so grateful for the care my mum received and I would like to thank everyone who supported me in some way.”

Sue Ewart, matron for critical care at North Tyneside General Hospital, said: “We would like to thank Jess and her family for the generous donation. All donations we receive go towards helping to improve our patients’ experiences of receiving their care with us.

“We strive to deliver the highest quality of care to all of our patients and their families and we are truly touched to hear Jess’s kind words.

“Jan’s story demonstrates just how serious sepsis can be and how important it is for the signs to be spotted early in order for patients to receive treatment and, given time, make a full recovery.

“Sepsis is a key focus for the trust and with calls nationally for more to be done to reduce the number of deaths from sepsis, we are proud to be leading the way on this important safety priority.”