From a tiny paper cut to deep Coma, this man fought for his life on the verge of death
Michael Bergers has just got a new lease of life which he should really be thankful for. The man was almost on the threshold of death and all because a small paper cut. Doctors in fact had given Michael Bergers a 50/50 chance of life even as he was put into a medical coma.
From a paper cut to medical coma, Michael Berger from New Jersey has much to be thankful for as he recovered from a deadly case of sepsis.
1 It was just a small paper cut but it turned out something horrific
When Michael Berger 46 was cut by a piece of paper, little did the man from Jersey realize he would be almost dying from it? The cut which got infected contracted the deadly sepsis which kills 258,000 Americans yearly. Fortunately for Michael he was saved by the sepsis program at Kennedy health center in New Jersey where doctors had given him a 50 % rate of surviving. Since the program, there has been a huge drop in mortality rates from 27% to 9.17%.
Sepsis is hard to diagnose. The killer disease is a poisonous response triggered by infection from a wound irrespective of size. Sepsis ultimately leads to organ failure. Sepsis kills more people than breast cancer and its main disadvantage is the inability to diagnose the disease. There is no test for sepsis.
2 A deadly strain of bacteria that only gives warning signs
Sepsis is a deadly strain of bacteria that virtually devours good cells and gains entry into the body from infection. There are various symptoms typical of the disease and in the absence of emergency medical action; a patient goes into septic shock and ultimately death.
Symptoms of sepsis
- Cold shivers and fever
- Pain and discomfort
- Incoherent speech
- Disorientation and confusion
- Clammy and sweaty skin
- Breathing difficulty
- Heart palpitations
3 Immediate action by Kennedy health center saved him
Michael was immediately placed under medically induced coma at Kennedy hospital where doctors of the sepsis program are trained to recognize early warning signs of sepsis. From a small paper cut to a coma is what most probably saved Michael’s life. According to Michael “It scared the hell out of me, and I can’t believe that was actually me,” “I had the exact people I should’ve had to save my life.”
The Kennedy center hospital is being honored because of its amazing contribution in fighting sepsis and saving lives.