Harry Potter star Warwick Davis launches emotional video about suffering from sepsis
Actor Warwick Davis is the face of a new campaign video that details what it is like living with sepsis.
Launched by Green Flag and supported by The UK Sepsis Trust, the Star Wars and Harry Potter star voiced an emotional monologue retelling 100 individual stories of those suffering in a powerful three minute film.
Warwick, whose own wife Sammy suffered from the disease, aimed to highlight the impact of sepsis among families, sufferers and survivors.
She has publiclyrecounted the series of infectionsshe underwent after a spinal operation she had multiple times- where she believed she was "going to die" and cried for four days until she "accepted" death on the fifth day.
She even appeared on Good Morning Britain to spread a message of hope and survival to others as she is grateful for a "second chance."
Some of the other symptoms mentioned in the video that were experienced by individuals were blotchy skin, having a cold, strained muscles, aches, sore throats and much more.
The video also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the UK Sepsis Trust, with content to be released on a live stream from the UKST’s Instagram page (@uksepsistrust), as well as being screened at independent cinemas such as Everyman’s King Cross in London and Genesis, Mile End in Birmingham.
Warwick Davis said: "The UK Sepsis Trust is a charity that is close to my heart, and I was made more aware of the condition through my acting career.
“It’s astonishing how many people are affected by sepsis on a day-to-day basis, and I’m honoured to help spread the message to ensure as many people as possible know there is a place to go for support and guidance.”
Despite being treatable in many cases, there are an estimated 245,000 cases of sepsis in the UK yearly, with 48,000 people sadly losing their lives and approximately 40 percent of sepsis survivors suffering permanent, life-altering consequences.
The live stream will be the first of its kind from the charity that offers a chance to watch the educational video across all social platforms for a limited period.
Ron Daniels from The UK Sepsis Trust said: "The key to saving lives from sepsis lies in communication – in raising awareness and empowering people to access healthcare quickly.
“With support from Green Flag, we are physically bringing to life stories of the people we try our best to help daily, which is something truly special.
“We want people to understand how sepsis can impact anyone and everyone, and with the help of Green Flag, we are able to shine a light on these individuals and give them a voice that they have never had before.
“Everyone knows someone affected by sepsis – now it’s time to empower everyone to act."
Mark Newberry from Green Flag added: "Supporting the UK Sepsis Trust has allowed us to focus on the work of a charity which is not only important but essential.
“The faster you catch sepsis the better chance you have of making a full recovery, and here at Green Flag, we also strive to get to customers as quickly as possible in the moment of a rescue – so we understand the importance of acting quickly in moments of crises.
“We're proud to be able to support this campaign to bring as much attention as we can to the voices of people who experience sepsis in their everyday life."
To find out more about the UK Sepsis Trust and to donate, please clickherefor further information.
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