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Patty Duke’s cause of death important

The decision of Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke’s family to describe her cause of death as sepsis is helping bring national attention to the life-threatening but little-known condition, health advocates say. Duke, 69, died Tuesday at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene of sepsis following a ruptured intestine. “This disease hits about 1.5 million people in this country every year, yet most of the population has never heard the word sepsis,” said Thomas Heymann, executive director of Sepsis Alliance, a national advocacy group based in San Diego. “In many cases, the cause of death is not listed as sepsis but as a complication” of other diseases. Including sepsis as the cause of death in Duke’s obituary could help save other lives through early treatment, he said Thursday/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Do you know people who have battled with sepsis?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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