To mark World Sepsis Day we were joined by an inspirational couple who has suffered greatly at the hands of the unforgiving condition.
Tom and Nicola Ray's lives were changed forever by sepsis when the condition claimed Tom's lower arms, legs, and a portion of his face. A simple prick on the gum by a dentist had taken the couple into a nightmare confrontation with sepsis, a condition that claims 44,000 lives in Britain each year.
Tom's body had responded dramatically to an infection, and drastic measures were needed to stop the sepsis spreading. Only after three months of regular operations and numerous emergencies was Tom stable enough to be woken from his coma - but this was just the start of the couple's battle. Sepsis had not just taken away Tom's lips, nose, lower arms and lower legs, it also replaced this once-happy father with a stranger cursed by depression.
The couple's remarkable story of survival has been made into a film called Starfish, starring Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, which opened in cinemas on October 28 2016 and last week saw Tom's memoirs published.