Tyler Stephen Reader was born on 7 January 2013, arriving with quite the entrance – feet first! He always made an instant impression, and if you walked into a room, you couldn’t fail to notice him. With his beautiful big, blue eyes, his infectious smile, or simply because he was the one running around making the most noise, you knew he was there.
Tyler asked questions constantly, soaking up information like a sponge. He always managed to surprise us with his level of knowledge, particularly when it came to dinosaurs and animals. He knew his pterodactyl from his pteranodon, his stingray from his manta ray, and his seal from his sea lion. Tyler was the perfect little boy.
In November 2015, Tyler was admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of group A streptococcus and developed Sepsis.
From the moment Tyler arrived at GOSH he had the undivided attention of an amazing team of people. There were some very special people looking after Tyler that evening. Not just from their ability as medical practitioners, but also in the way they cared for him. They were incredible, trying absolutely everything to save Tyler. Sadly, his little body couldn’t keep battling. It gave up after his sixth cardiac arrest, just as the team were preparing him for a heart and lung bypass.
Tyler’s memory and the joy he brought to so many lives on through his family and friends in the work they do for the Tyler Reader Brighter Future Fund.
We were recently very fortunate that Tyler’s Step-mum, Rebekah Lobb, was willing to go on air with Harpenden based Radio Station, Nickey Radio, in a very touching interview to tell the listeners a little bit more about Tyler, Sepsis and what we are trying to achieve.
What is Sepsis?
Sepsis is caused by the way the body responds to germs, such as bacteria, getting into your body. The infection may have started anywhere in a sufferer’s body, and may be only in one part of the body or it may be widespread. Sepsis can occur following chest or water infections, problems in the abdomen like burst ulcers, or simple skin injuries like cuts and bites.
It is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.
Sepsis can be caused by a huge variety of different bugs, most cases being caused by common bacteria which we all come into contact with every day without them making us ill. Sometimes, though, the body responds abnormally to these infections like Tyler’s did, and causes sepsis.
Further information on Sepsis can be found here.