Our beautiful angel
I suppose you can say about many people who have left this world, “they were the kindest person” and our family may be biased but you can ask anyone that knew Thomas "Snelly" Snell that he was genuinely a beautiful, loyal and kind hearted boy.
We say boy lightly as at 13.9 years he was 6 foot tall, strong, very fit and healthy, teetering on the edge of a man.
A man we will never know.
Thomas was in QLD representing the NT in Rugby Union, which he always gave his best at, as with his other sports Cricket and AFL also as with his amazing attitude to life, school and and work to always try his hardest.
Thomas became ill with the flu, then pneumonia, then sepsis, his health deteriorated very quickly, in a matter of 2 days, which then lead to 20 harrowing days fighting for Thomas's life in PICU.
Read Thomas's story here:
what is SEPSIS
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Every year at least 18 000 Australian's are diagnosed with sepsis, with around 5000 losing their lives.
Thomas's contracted influenza A while on a rugby trip to Brisbane in 2017, he developed pneumonia and a secondary bacterial infection, which triggered sepsis and septic shock. Sepsis can be triggered by any infection, but most commonly occurs in response to bacterial infections of the lungs, urinary tract, abdominal organs or skin and soft tissues.
Sepsis has been coined the "silent killer" – it can rapidly cause death – sometimes within hours, but the signs of sepsis can be difficult to diagnose as early symptoms can be dismissed or confused with simple cold and flu symptoms or other similar conditions.
We urge the public to educate yourself and get to know the signs of sepsis, if you suspect sepsis, seek urgent medical attention and never be afraid to ask - Could it be sepsis?