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The nurse gave only one hour to live on Christmas Day



A HOSPITAL took only an hour to live after a flu season turned into deadly septicemia.

Jessica Dlagsch fought for her life on Christmas Day after her husband Aaron, found her hallucinogenic and flickering on the floor of their bedroom.

    Jessica Dlagsch has been fighting for her life after a flu-like period that caused deadly death

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Jessica Dlagsch has been fighting for her life after a flu-like period that caused deadly death

The doctors warned her dad that her 12-year-old husband was seriously sick and her life was hanging over the balance.

They revealed that Jessica was experiencing sepsis, one of the most deadly conditions that caused the immune system to respond unusually to an infection.

These 60 minutes were the longest life of Aaron as he waited, wanting his wife to survive.

With admiration, having spent that vital time, Jessica, from Pennsylvania, spent six days in intensive care before being released on New Year's Eve.

    The mother of the two found herself trembling and lying on the floor of her bedroom on Friday Christmas by her husband Aaron

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The mother of the two found herself trembling and lying on the floor of her bedroom on Friday Christmas by her husband Aaron

"I'm lucky to be alive," he said.

"It was the holiday and it was supposed to be a family time to celebrate, but instead I was in the hospital on the brink of death."

The 38-year-old was hit with flu after long shifts, even though he had a flu shot.

When she woke up on 23 December 2016, Jessica struggled to turn her head.

    Doctors warned Aaron that his 12-year-old husband could only live an hour to live after they rushed to the hospital in the morning

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Doctors warned Aaron that his 12-year-old husband could only live an hour to live after they rushed to the hospital in the morning

The temperature was 39C – two degrees above normal – her husband went to the hospital, where doctors confirmed she had flu.

His mom was given medicine to ease her fever and pain, and was sent home to enjoy Christmas.

"We are Jews, as well as Christmas, Hannukkah also fell between Christmas and New Year's Eve that year, so we celebrated that," he said.

Doctors confirmed that I was in septic shock and, because my fever was so high, they really believed that I could die

Jessica Dlagsch

"I had my grandmother and the house was all embellished outside the readiness for family celebrations."

But Jessica's situation worsened and on the morning of Christmas, Arron found his wife blue and shuddering in their bedroom.

"I was in a very bad way," said Jessica, his mom Benjamin, now five and Aviva, now three.

"My temperature was 40.5C and I felt absolutely awful.

    In a miraculous way, Jessica took off this critical hour and spent six days in intensive care before being discharged from New Year's Eve

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In a miraculous way, Jessica took off this critical hour and spent six days in intensive care before being discharged from New Year's Eve

"Lying in bed, Aaron called me to an ambulance and took me to the Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, New Jersey, where we lived at that time."

Emergency blood tests showed that her organs produced high levels of lactic acid which, according to the Sepsis Alliance, may indicate sepsis.

In a terrible situation when Jessica Aaron's husband received the most sad news – his wife could only live an hour.


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"Doctors confirmed that I was in septic shock and, because my fever was so high, they really thought I could die," he said.

"I was given oxygen because the flu had caused the collapse of a lung and was pumped with four types of antibiotics just to get rid of the infection.

"I was in a bad way, hallucinations even in a lot of pain."

Put the morphine on the pain, Jessica brought the critical time, then was in the intensive care unit for six days, with her desperate husband holding a vigil on her bed.

    Doctors said they believed that Jessica developed pneumonia, which then caused septicemia

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Doctors said they believed that Jessica developed pneumonia, which then caused septicemia

Doctors believed that influenza has become an infection in the chest, which caused pneumonia.

According to The Sepsis Trust in the UK, the condition can occur in response to any infection or injury, anywhere in the body, including chest infection that causes pneumonia.

Symptoms include:

  • inadequate speech
  • confusion
  • extreme shivering
  • muscle pain
  • without passing the urine
  • severe dyspnoea
  • you feel like you're dying
  • having stained or discolored skin

Jessica added: "They thought I was so contagious that Aaron could only come to my private room with a mask, dress and shoe protector.

"This meant that our children could not even visit, which was simply awful."

After recovering her power on December 30, Jessica was moved from intensive care to a less acidic chamber where she stayed on New Year's Eve.

    Jessica is now trying to sensitize the warning signs of septicemia, stop others from falling victim to the killer's condition

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Jessica is now trying to sensitize the warning signs of septicemia, stop others from falling victim to the killer's condition

It was the first time he had left Aaron in his 16-year relationship.

Instead, the devoted couple saw in 2017 together, by staying on the phone all night.

He added: "We just kept the phone running all night, even if it was asleep or asleep, so we could be together."

Now he wants to raise awareness of septicemia, which kills five people every hour in the UK.

He said: "I want to be sensitized about sepsis and make sure other people recognize the symptoms.

"I was lucky enough to do it, but I felt I expected to die, it was scary and lonely."

To donate to Jessica's funding page to help with her health costs, visit GoFundMe's page.


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