A CAMPAIGN has been launched to make residents in Inverclyde more aware of the dangers of a life threatening condition.

The Scottish Government has launched an initiative to warn people about sepsis — a rare but serious complication of infection.

Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Corinne Hutton’s ordeal started with a bad cough but it led to surgeons amputating her hands and feet after pioneering treatment to save her life.

Her chest infection turned out to be severe pneumonia and she was left fighting for her life as septicaemia caused her vital organs to shut down.

Corinne’s devastated family were called to her bedside to say their final goodbyes.

Amazingly Corinne survived thanks to pioneering treatment, but surgeons then told her that her hands and feet would have to be amputated.

Sepsis is a life threatening illness that arises when your body’s response to an infection spirals out of control, making the body injure its own organs and tissues.

The main signs of sepsis are a very high or low temperature, uncontrolled shivering, confusion, cold or blotchy hands and feet and not passing as much urine as normal.

People who notice any combination of these symptoms are asked to take immediate action and phone NHS 24 on 111 and ask ‘is it sepsis?’