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Over £10k raised for charity after Bucks teen's tragic death

Oliver was a healthy, energetic football lover.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:51am 24th January 2020. (Updated at 6:29am 24th January 2020) 3-minute read.

Over £10k raised for charity after Bucks teen's tragic death

The family of a boy from Buckinghamshire, who died from sepsis, are hoping they can help others avoid the same fate.

Oliver Darlington, 13, from High Wycombe died from sepsis on January 3rd 2020. 

Set up by a family friend, the justgiving page has already surpassed its £10,000 target. 

The money raised will go to Sepsis UK, a charity dedicated to preventing deaths from the condition and improving outcomes for survivors.

The page explains how the money donated can help:

  • £1000 will provide one hospital with staff training, education and awareness resources.
  • £100 will educate 50 members of the public on how to look out for sepsis.
  • £18 pays for one hour of telephone support.

Last week it was found that sepsis is responsible for one in five deaths around the world, that is more than cancer.

After returning home from a holiday in New York, Oliver was staying with his dad when he work up in the early hours of NYE very unwell.

Oliver was rushed to hospital in an ambulance to Stoke Mandeville. 

A tell-tell rash appeared soon after they arrived, and quite quickly he suffered a seizure and his heart started to fail.

There is no children's intensive care unit at Stoke Mandeville hospital, so a makeshift one was made in a theatre. 

Oliver Darlington

A team from Southampton arrived within an hour to asses Oliver.

They explained they were keeping him alive but they needed to get him to Southampton. 

Tom Darlington, Oliver's dad, says the doctors and nurses explained the seriousness of sepsis once he was diagnosed with the condition:

"They were very good at keeping us updated, it was clear they weren't sure what the cause of it was, so what the underlying infection was.

"We were made aware even in Stoke Mandeville how very poorly Oliver was, and that the outlook was not looking very good for him."

The ECMO machine, a heart and lung machine, Oliver was put on was his only chance of survival and there are only 5 of those in the UK.

Sadly, despite a fight from Oliver his condition deteriorated and there was nothing doctors could do to save him.

His mum Rachel says:

"It's been devastating to us. If we can stop it happening to one other family because they know the symptoms and they know how quickly it can take hold and how quickly it you can lose a life to it...

"Then the tragedy is not for no reason and we can carry on Oliver's memory by doing good and trying to help other people."

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