Taylor Panton was just 19 when he died from sepsis. He was a fit and intelligent young man studying maths, finance and economics at Strathclyde University.
His dad, Robbie, didn’t know the severity of sepsis and it’s implications but his mum, Wendy, with 25 years experience as a nurse, understood its seriousness and, as Taylor had a serious heart condition, was aware of the potential outcome.
His story reflects how quickly sepsis can strike and how devastating its consequences can be.
Robbie, from Chapelhall, said: “Our son, Taylor Douglas Panton, had a serious underlying heart condition, dilated cardiomyopathy, inherited genetically from me.
“Born in January 1996, he and was a fit, intelligent, kind, young boy who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2014 and started on medication to control it. He attended Monklands Hospital regularly for ECG, echo scans etc.
“On August 15, 2015, Taylor was admitted to hospital with a chest infection and treated with antibiotics before being discharged. A month later, he had to attend the Golden Jubilee National Hospital to have an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) inserted to prevent a cardiac arrest as he was at a higher risk of this.
“Then on October 12, he was admitted at 1730 to Monklands Hospital as he had been struggling to breathe due to another chest infection. Wendy went to hospital to see Taylor and he was receiving oxygen and antibiotics to treat the infection. She left hospital at 2000 with Taylor being treated by hospital staff.
“At 2240 we received a call from the hospital to return as Taylor’s condition had deteriorated. I arrived quickly to see Taylor sitting up in bed but connected to lots of equipment tackling this infection. Very quickly my wife arrived and Taylor was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit as his kidneys were failing to start dialysis.
“Just after midnight, the doctors said he had sepsis and would have to ventilate Taylor as he could no longer breathe on his own. They were trying to stabilise him on the next day to transfer him to Golden Jubilee as his heart was deteriorating and he needed special care. He arrived there at 2030 and immediately was put on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) to help him. Specialists warned he would die within an hour if he didn’t have this treatment.
“In ICU, he was treated with lots of antibiotics throughout the next 12 hours but by that time Taylor’s heart had failed and he suffered a bleed on his brain .
“Taylor died on 15/10/15 at 1500 surrounded by his family.
“Taylor was a gifted boy who excelled academically at chess, basketball and swimming. He was studying maths, finance and economics at Strathclyde University while working part-time in Morrisons supermarket.
“But most of all he was a kind, thoughtful young boy who helped so many others. He was a special brother to Holly, now aged 10, son, grandson and friend to many .
“From being diagnosed with sepsis and with a heart condition Taylor passed away very quickly despite the best efforts of all the medical professionals.”