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Nic Grundy’s death: What is sepsis and why did no one spot it?

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Tonight, The Archers' audience listened in shock as one of the programme’s much-loved character’s, Nic Grundy, lost her life to sepsis.

On Sunday's episode of The Archers, Nic accidentally cut her arm. A few days later she thought she had flu but by Thursday night she was so unwell that her husband, Will Grundy, rushed her to hospital. Once there the doctor told him that the scratch on Nic's arm was infected and she had developed blood poisoning also known as sepsis. She died in the early hours of Friday morning leaving behind four children (George, Poppy, Jake and Mia), a husband and The Archers' listeners in turmoil.

Sepsis affects more than 250,000 people every year in the UK. It claims approximately 6 million lives worldwide every year, and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined. It has been called the “deadliest killer you’ve never heard of,” and yet it can happen to anyone.

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