A WIFE was told her seriously-ill husband has the 'man flu' after it was later discovered he contracted sepsis, prompting calls for medics to pay more attention to the deadly disease. 

Michael Nye, a carpet fitter from Crowthorne, suffered a cardiac arrest on November 15, 2022 just hours after he arrived feeling unwell presenting with symptoms of the fatal condition.

He died from Strep A and sepsis after battling symptoms of the deadly illness.

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The inquest, held at Reading Coroner's Court, was filled with shocking revelations of "significant failings" into the handling of Mr Nye's case.

The foremost among these was the abhorrent delay in examining his blood test results.

Considering his status as being voted the "sickest patient" on the ward, a shocking three hours had elapsed before doctors perused his blood test results.

This sad tale echoed closely with the experiences of Burghfield resident, Kelly Hull.

Reading Chronicle: Kelly Hull with Gareth in hospital in 2019

Mrs Hull, explained how more could have been done to prevent her husband Gareth from contracting sepsis and bacteria meningitis in May 2019. 

The 41-year-old said: "I called an ambulance on the Friday and when they came out they said it was 'man flu'. All weekend he continued to be ill.

"Sunday night into Monday, he became even worse.

"He was very disoriented, didn't know what he was doing and was having trouble breathing."

She went on to detail the heart-rending account of a second ambulance call, an emergency operation, three strokes, and the ongoing struggle of her husband's recovery.

"Luckily I still have my husband with me, yes he will never be the same as he was but I still love him more then anything.

"I have had to give up work to become his full-time carer.

"He has had to learn to walk and talk again he is on a pureed diet and has to have thinker in his drinks.

"He gets very tired easily we no longer have a married life in which we would go on holidays and out socialising with friends and family.

"We had been trying for a baby but now we definitely can't have one now. He will never be able to work again and nor will I as he needs someone with him full time.

"He is also incontinent and needs to wear pads. He can not control his saliva and he gets upset about as he has problems with his memory.

"Sepsis needs to be taken more seriously and the more people that know hopefully will help someone before it's to late." 

Their heartfelt plea alongside the tragic loss of Mr Nye has reverberated through the corridors of sepsis treatment.

It's hoped that it results in more serious medical attention to this awful condition.