Mark Delaney, 43 from Preston has recently taken part in the London Marathon to raise funds for the Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital, as a thank you for the care his father received on the unit.
Mark was on holiday in Tenerife when he received a phone call that his dad, Keith, had been rushed into hospital with suspected sepsis, and was not expected to last the night. Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection which can lead to multiple organ failure, and even death, if not treated quickly. Mark rushed home as soon as he could to be with his dad over the critical next 24 hours.
Mark said: “After a couple of days, the team on the Critical Care Unit were, thankfully, able to get the sepsis under control. My dad was still really ill with difficulties coughing in particular due to the mucus on his lungs.”
After a gruelling three weeks, Mark and his family were thrilled to hear that Keith’s chances of survival were now much better. He then had to undertake a rehabilitation programme which “flawed him.”
Following his dad’s recovery, Mark decided to take the plunge and get involved in the London Marathon, for the third time, to say a huge thank you to the team on the Critical Care Unit for everything that they had done for his father.
Mark said: “After the rollercoaster ride that we had on critical care, I decided to take the plunge and get involved with the London Marathon. I’m by no means a runner and did 4-5 months of intense training to try to prepare myself. I just thought to myself; let’s make something good out of something really bad.”
Mark did exceptionally well, completing the marathon in 4 hours 28 minutes, and raising a fantastic £2,400 for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity. Paula Wilson, Head of Fundraising for the Hospital Charity said: “We are extremely grateful to Mark, his generosity and commitment is a huge source of inspiration, the money he has raised will make a huge difference to others facing a similar journey.”
Mark continued: “The care that my dad received on the Critical Care Unit at Preston was absolutely brilliant. We couldn’t be more grateful or speak more highly of the nurses, consultants, physios and everyone in between that supported us on the Critical Care Unit. I’d like to say particular thanks to Manju, one of the nurses on the unit who was an absolute superstar! It was a pleasure to run the marathon for the team.”
Jane Platt, Matron for the Critical Care Unit at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are so grateful to Mark for running the London Marathon when he vowed he would never do this again, to raise money for critical care and sepsis. We are linking closely with the sepsis team in the hospitals to use the money for training and education amongst our staff but also to raise awareness of sepsis with the general public. It was great to see Mark with his wife, mum and dad at our awards ceremony in May this year. Mark told the story of his dad’s admission to critical care and the experiences that they had as a family. It was wonderful to see his dad looking so well and a great opportunity to reflect on how essential it is to recognise and treat sepsis early.”
“Sepsis can be fatal if not treated quickly, and can affect anyone who has suffered from an injury or minor infection. Symptoms to look out for include a high temperature or low body temperature, chills and shivering, a fast heartbeat, problems with or changes to breathing, or feeling unlike your usual self. I would advise anyone who suspects that they have sepsis to seek urgent medical advice.”