BBC presenter rushed to hospital as she turned blue with deadly sepsis infection

BBC presenter Sarah McMullan was admitted to hospital with sepsis just weeks after interviewing someone who almost died from the condition.

The journalist, 30, had spoken to a woman who nearly died of sepsis for BBC Scotland's The Nine in September.

Then in early October she fell ill with it herself while she was at work.

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"I started physically shaking and all the colour drained from my face," Sarah told BBC Scotland's Drivetime.

"My lips were turning blue. My hands were chalk white, like you had been standing outside in winter for hours. There was no colour in my skin. There was no heat in my body."

She added that she was experiencing "uncontrolled shivering and shaking" and wondered whether she was having some sort of panic attack.

The star apparently waited more than 36 hours before calling NHS24 for help, and ended up in hospital for close to a week.

Sharing a clip on Twitter of her September interview with sepsis survivor Kimberley Bradley, Sarah told her followers: "A month after doing this interview, I ended up very unwell with sepsis myself.

"Resulting in an A and E visit, a week in hospital and a couple more weeks of tablets and rest.

"These are the symptoms. And if you suspect #sepsis don’t hesitate to get help."

"I should’ve acted sooner," she said.

She later shared a snap of herself in the studio, saying: "Thank you everyone for the kind well wishes.

"Very glad to be back to work, back in the studio and back to business."

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The UK Sepsis Trust said the condition – which is sometimes called blood poisoning – "is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury".

In adults, symptoms can include slurred speech or confusion, extreme shivering or muscle pain, passing no urine (in a day), severe breathlessness and mottled or discoloured skin.


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