Hollyoaks star Sophie Austin reveals she battled sepsis following a routine operation and praises the NHS after week-long hospital stay

Sophie Austin has revealed that she battled sepsis.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Hollyoaks actress, 35, told fans that she spent a week back in hospital, suffering with the life-threatening reaction to an infection after undergoing a routine operation.

Sophie, who is engaged to Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward, 34, explained that after a 'scary week' and 'a lot of weight loss' she is finally home as she praised the NHS for giving her 'the most amazing care'.

Wonder woman! Sophie Austin, 35, has revealed that she battled sepsis after undergoing a routine operation

Wonder woman! Sophie Austin, 35, has revealed that she battled sepsis after undergoing a routine operation

The actress shared a make-up free photograph of herself wearing a 'Wonder Woman' hoodie as she detailed her ordeal.

In a heartfelt post, Sophie wrote: 'This is for our @nhsmillion ! Writing this after a really crazy month.

'After having a routine operation and being on the mend so quickly, I took a little side road and ended up back in hospital with sepsis.

'After a long scary week and a lot of weight lost I'm home and I’m all good and ready for some good food.

She's home! The Hollyoaks actress explained that after a 'scary week' in hospital and 'a lot of weight loss' she is finally home as she praised the NHS for giving her 'the most amazing care'

She's home! The Hollyoaks actress explained that after a 'scary week' in hospital and 'a lot of weight loss' she is finally home as she praised the NHS for giving her 'the most amazing care'

What happened? The actress shared a make-up free photograph of herself wearing a 'Wonder Woman' hoodie as she detailed her ordeal

What happened? The actress shared a make-up free photograph of herself wearing a 'Wonder Woman' hoodie as she detailed her ordeal

The soap star then went onto praise the National Health Service as she urged her followers to protect the NHS. 

She wrote: 'I just want to say a huge thankyou to our @nhsmillion and Macclesfield hospital for everything they do!

'I honestly can’t express how lucky we are to have the most amazing health care and they are there when we need them!

'Their actions were so quick and I’m so so grateful ! Please let’s look after our health care system and protect them because they certainly try and look after us.' 

Family time: On Thursday, Sophie proved to be back to full health after her sepsis ordeal as she took her daughter Willow, 19 months, out strawberry picking

Family time: On Thursday, Sophie proved to be back to full health after her sepsis ordeal as she took her daughter Willow, 19 months, out strawberry picking

Trimmer: The Hollyoaks star looked sensational as she stepped out with her fianceé Shayne Ward at the British Soap Awards in Manchester in June

Trimmer: The Hollyoaks star looked sensational as she stepped out with her fianceé Shayne Ward at the British Soap Awards in Manchester in June

On Thursday, Sophie proved to be back to full health after her sepsis ordeal as she took her daughter Willow, 19 months, out strawberry picking. 

Meanwhile, the Hollyoaks star looked sensational as she stepped out with her fianceé Shayne Ward at the British Soap Awards in Manchester in June.

The couple put on a glam and trim appearance in their finery, having noticeably dropped weight since they were last out and about.

The pair cosied up for snaps on their night out together, enjoying a night off from parenting their daughter, Willow, 19 months. 

What are the key symptoms of sepsis? The 'silent killer' that can cause death in minutes

Sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’, strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs. 

It is a potentially life-threatening condition, triggered by an infection or injury. 

Instead of attacking the invading bug, the body turns on itself, shutting down vital organs.

If caught early enough, it's easily treated with intravenous antibiotics and fluids, but these must be given as soon as sepsis is suspected - it strikes with frightening speed and, for every hour of delay, a patient's chance of dying increases 8 per cent.

Sepsis is a leading cause of avoidable death killing 44,000 people each year

Sepsis is a leading cause of avoidable death killing 44,000 people each year

The early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose. 

A high temperature (fever), chills and shivering, a fast heartbeat and rapid breathing are also indicators. 

A patient can rapidly deteriorate if sepsis is missed early on, so quick diagnosis and treatment is vital – yet this rarely happens. 

In the early stages, sepsis can be mistaken for a chest infection, flu or upset stomach. 

The six signs of something potentially deadly can be identified by the acronym 'SEPSIS':

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine in a day
  • Severe breathlessness
  • Skin that's mottled or discoloured

Anyone who develops any of these symptoms should seek medical help urgently — and ask doctors: 'Could this be sepsis?'

Hollyoaks star Sophie Austin reveals she battled sepsis following a routine operation

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