Maryland Mom, Misdiagnosed with Flu, Survives Sepsis to Walk Down the Aisle

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors On Christmas Eve in 2014, Amanda Flores, a 36-year-old mother of two, went into septic shock. She awoke in February as a quadruple amputee. Ms. Flores was young, healthy, and active—so how did she come so close to death from a condition that more often strikes at-risk groups like the …

“If I had waited another hour, my husband would probably have died”

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Paige O’Keefe is a laboratory scientist at Health Partners in Minnesota. While she has seen severe infections and sepsis from the perspective of positive blood and urine cultures, she suddenly came face to face with sepsis in an experience that completely changed her understanding of sepsis. Marty O’Keefe, Paige’s husband, …

Active Body-Builder Comes Close to Death Due to Late Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors Meeting John Scirica in August of 2012, it would be hard to accept that he was 64-years-old, let alone that he was near death from a rare case of bilateral pulmonary embolism.  The condition left the pulmonary arteries in both of his lungs blocked from blood clots that very likely …