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Footballer raises awareness of sepsis

Kyle Critchell spent weeks in hospital with severe sepsis Photo: ITV News West Country

A former footballer from Dorset is hoping to raise awareness of an illness that nearly claimed his life. Kyle Critchell spent several weeks in hospital this summer after contracting severe sepsis - when the body over-reacts to an infection.

A charity that supports Sepsis patients says it believes thousands of people die unnecessarily every year because the condition isn't recognised quickly enough.

I don't think it's an ignorance there just isn't enough knowledge or understanding and I may only make a small difference, but if that small difference saves a couple of lives then I like to think I've played my part in helping people.

– Kyle Critchell
Kyle's friend Regan Coward (right) is joining the campaign Credit: ITV News West Country

One of Kyle's closest friends Regan Coward is joining the campaign. He used to play alongside Kyle and now runs a personal training business this weekend he's organising a sponsored walk from Dorchester to Weymouth and back as part of a day of activities.

The Sepsis Trusts believes 15,000 more lives could be saved if it's caught early enough. Kyle was lucky, others aren't.

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