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I “died” of sepsis and looked down at my body as the doctors brought me back to life

PERSONAL trainer Slav Wojcik was just finishing work when he started to feel unwell.

The 42-year-old was shaking and feeling dizzy, so he decided to go to bed.

Unwell one night after work, Slav Wojcik tried to sleep off his illness - but the personal trainer ended up being hospitalized

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Unwell one night after work, Slav Wojcik tried to sleep off his illness – but the personal trainer ended up being hospitalizedPhoto credit: Slav Wojcik/MEN
When he arrived at the hospital, the medics said his father had sepsis

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When he arrived at the hospital, the medics said his father had sepsisPhoto credit: Slav Wojcik/MEN

But Slav, who lives in Stafford, couldn’t sleep off his symptoms and started throwing up.

At that point, his concerned wife called an ambulance and doctors determined he was suffering from sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection and occurs when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts damaging your body’s tissues and organs.

As the infection progressed, the father of two’s lungs began to fail and his heart stopped twice.

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He said his bladder, kidneys and stomach had all stopped working and before he knew it he was hooked up to various machines.

At that time, he said, the fight for his life began.

“My blood pressure was so low that they had to save me and bring me back to life.

“The first 48 hours are a blur – I had all these flashbacks. My heart stopped and started again and it happened twice in a matter of hours. It felt like in a movie.

“At one point I had an experience where I was out of my body and could see myself on the bed talking to myself. It was like going in and out of different dimensions,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

As he listened to the doctors, he said he tried very hard to “make peace with the situation” as he thought his life was over.

In May, Slav spent three days in intensive care and says it was only after that time that his body returned to normal.

However, he was still unable to move and said the sepsis had led to heart failure, causing him to suffer from an irregular heartbeat.

He added that it took his heart rate six weeks to return to normal levels and said it was beating rapidly even when lying down.

Before turning to sepsis, Slav said he would exercise about 30 hours a week due to his work as a personal trainer.

What is sepsis and what signs do you need to know about?

The disease is always triggered by an infection – but it is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from person to person.

More often than not, the culprit is an infection we all know—pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), skin infections, including cellulitis, and infections in the stomach, such as appendicitis.

If you, a family member or, in the case of healthcare professionals, their patient, feel “severely ill”, do not appear to be themselves, and have any of the following symptoms, sepsis should be suspected:

  • Weakness
  • loss of appetite
  • fever and chills
  • thirst
  • Difficult or rapid breathing
  • Fast heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low urine output

If a person has these symptoms and is suspected to have contracted an infection — pneumonia, abdominal infection, urinary tract infection, or a wound — sepsis is a likely cause.

Slav struggled to move during recovery, saying it “depressed” him after such a busy life.

Psychiatrists suggested he may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by intensely stressful, frightening, or stressful events.

People affected by the condition are often forced to relive a traumatic event from their past, such as through a series of nightmares and flashbacks.

They may also experience feelings of isolation, guilt, irritability, insomnia, and poor concentration.

Despite the advice, Slav said nothing he did to improve his mood worked.

Then one day he said he was tired of being unhappy and told himself he had to do something about his situation.

Slav rested day by day, taking short 10-minute walks.

Slowly but surely he made a full recovery and in April of that year he completed the Manchester Marathon.

He explained that the event was the first marathon he had ever competed in and that he wanted to return as it had sentimental value.

Slav added that people can achieve a lot and that if you want something enough, you will find a way to get it.

Day after day, relaxation is the order of the day, Slav started with ten-minute walks

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Day after day, relaxation is the order of the day, Slav started with ten-minute walksPhoto credit: Slav Wojcik/MEN
Just over a year after contracting sepsis, Slav ran the Manchester Marathon this year

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Just over a year after contracting sepsis, Slav ran the Manchester Marathon this yearPhoto credit: Slav Wojcik/MEN

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