Warwick Davis’ family gathered by his wife’s hospital bed as she battled life-threatening infection
Actor Warwick Davis reveals how his family gathered at wife Sam’s hospital bed as she battled a life-threatening sepsis infection in 2019, saying their ‘final goodbyes’ for fear she wouldn’t survive
- The Tenable star, 52, rushed his wife of 21 Sam to hospital with a mysterious illness in 2019, later diagnosed as sepsis
- 250,000 Britons are diagnosed with sepsis every year, with 48,000 dying and 40 per cent with life-changing disabilities and symptoms
- Sam had emergency surgery after doctors discovered she had a deadly Streptococcus bacteria and meningitis infection and managed to get through it
Warwick Davis has revealed that he stayed next to his wife’s hospital bed alongside his family as she battled a life-threatening infection.
The Tenable star, 52, tried to stay positive when his wife, 21, Sam was rushed to the emergency room with a mysterious illness, later diagnosed as sepsis.
He told The sun“The next few hours were the longest of my life as I waited on the ward with our children in the empty space left by Sam’s hospital bed. I hoped it wouldn’t symbolize a future for us without her.’
Scary: Warwick Davis has revealed he stayed next to his wife’s hospital bed alongside his family as she battled a life-threatening infection
The mother of two fell ill ahead of a family holiday in 2019 with a caravan but convinced herself that the symptoms were caused by stress while preparing for the trip.
When her exhaustion left her unable to stand without support, Warwick called a primary care physician.
He continued: “Our family gathered by her bed; although optimistic, we said goodbye in case Sam didn’t survive.’
“It’s so hard to see someone you love more than anything in the world struggling to stay alive without the strength to even roll over in bed.
Tragic: The Tenable star, 52, tried to stay positive when his wife of 21, Sam was rushed to the emergency room with a mysterious illness, later diagnosed as sepsis
Family: The happy couple shares son Harrison and daughter Samantha. Both inherited their father’s condition (pictured in 2019)
The infection causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive, attacking tissues and organs, which can be fatal and lead to amputations.
WHAT IS SEPSIS?
Sepsis occurs when the body responds to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.
In the UK, 48,000 people die from sepsis each year. Worldwide, someone dies from the condition every 3.5 seconds.
Sepsis symptoms include:
- slured speech or confusion
- Eextreme chills or muscle aches
- pwithout urine in a day
- salways shortness of breath
- lit feels like you are dying
- srelated mottled or discolored
- Children under five may vomit, eat, or urinate repeatedly for 12 hours.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but it is most common in people who have recently had surgery, have a urinary catheter, or have been in the hospital for a long time.
Other patients at risk include people with weak immune systems, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women, the elderly and the very young.
Treatment varies depending on the site of the infection, but will include antibiotics, IV fluids, and oxygen as needed.
Source: UK Sepsis Trust and NHS Choices
Nearly 250,000 Britons are diagnosed with sepsis each year, of which 48,000 die and 40 percent are left with life-changing disabilities and symptoms.
Doctors examined Sam and were soon concerned about a scar on her back from recent spinal surgery that was “inflamed with fluid, red and hot to the touch.”
Tests came back and showed that Sam had a deadly Streptococcus bacteria and meningitis infection, which meant she needed emergency surgery.
Sam managed to get through and once she was released from the hospital, Warwick nursed her back to full health for three months.
Sammy has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, while Harry Potter star Warwick was born with an extremely rare condition called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED), in which the bone ends fail to form. It meant it never got bigger than 3ft 6in.
The happy couple shares son Harrison and daughter Samantha.
Both inherited the condition from their father and are aspiring actors, having starred in Harry Potter.
Warwick and Sammy lost two of their children when they were babies and the star opened up about the tragedy in 2018 when he appeared on Bear Grylls.
Their first children Lloyd and George inherited two forms of dwarfism from their parents, which proved fatal to the babies.
He said, “Before Annabelle and Harrison, we had a son, Lloyd, who inherited both of our ailments . . . and that’s something that turns out to be fatal.
“It’s something a baby doesn’t survive. But Lloyd survived for nine days, but yes, he was beautiful… but it was a rough time. And yes, we also had a stillbirth.’
The star said he and his wife had been through the painful time together, saying, “Things like that just make you stronger [as a couple]†
Brave: The star said he and his wife got through the painful time together and said, “Things like that just make you stronger [as a couple]’ (pictured in 2018)