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Heights reader encourages others to learn about sepsis

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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:30 am

To the Editor:

My mom, Mary Zimmerman, died on Sept. 4; she was 87. She was an outstanding person and family matriarch and lived a model life of moderation. Many knew her in the community and her obituary (an ad) was in last Sunday’s KDH.

I wanted to share a little more information about her death.

She wanted to be cremated and she wanted a private funeral service. She did have health issues that led to a weakened immunity system; however, she was doing great. She looked great, her mind still sharp, still reading, still driving, still looking after family, still giving love and being loved; she still had life left.

Sadly, during the Labor Day weekend, she was bitten by a spider, leading to infection, leading to sepsis, to septic shock, and death. She died quickly, surrounded by family.

I did not know about sepsis but have learned that it infects hundreds of thousands of people each year and thousands die.

If you do not know sepsis, please take a few minutes to learn.

Mark A. Zimmerman

Harker Heights

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