Warwick Davis: what actor said about wife’s sepsis diagnosis

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Warwick and his family have been told his wife Sam could die if she doesn’t receive emergency treatment

Host Warwick Davis has relived the heartbreaking moment his wife Samantha was diagnosed with sepsis and he was forced to ask her children to say goodbye to her.

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The star said he now “cherishes” every moment he spends with his wife over 21 years after she was struck by the life-threatening illness in 2019.

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He has now teamed up with the UK Sepsis Trust charity to raise awareness of the condition.

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In harrowing videos, the actor tells the difficult stories of families, survivors and those affected struggling with sepsis.

So what did Warwick Davis say about his wife’s diagnosis, what are the symptoms of the condition and how is his wife Sam now?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Warwick and Samantha Davis with their children Annabelle and Harrison.

What did Warwick Davis say about his wife’s diagnosis of sepsis?

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Warwick Davis’ wife, Sam, was hospitalized with a mysterious illness in 2019 and then she was diagnosed with sepsis, an infection that can be deadly.

Sam required emergency surgery and Warwick said he feared he might lose her.

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He told The Sun: “The next few hours were the longest of my life as I waited in the ward with our children in the empty room left by Sam’s hospital bed.

“I hoped it wouldn’t symbolize a future for us without her.”

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Sam had thought she’d overdone it while she was busy preparing for a family vacation, but when her symptoms progressed from itching and exhaustion to an inability to get up, Warwick called an ambulance.

Warwick said: “By now Sam was feeling absolutely awful. She became sleepy, weak, and hadn’t used the bathroom in over 24 hours.

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“Fortunately, our doctor recognized Sam’s symptoms and told us to go to the emergency room immediately if sepsis was suspected.”

At the hospital, doctors were concerned about a scar on Sam’s back from recent spinal surgery that was “inflamed with fluid, red and hot to the touch”.

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Samples of the liquid turned out to have deadly Streptococcus bacteria and meningitis infections, and Warwick was told “Sam could die” if the infection wasn’t treated immediately.

He said: “Our family gathered at her bedside; While we’re optimistic, we sort of said goodbye in case Sam doesn’t survive.”

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The operation was successful, but Warwick was told Sam had to remain in intensive care and that the hours that followed were “vital” while Sam was pumped on powerful antibiotics.

Warwick said: “It’s so hard to see someone you love more than anything in the world struggling to stay alive without the strength to even roll over in bed.

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“Doctors told me the infection had devastated every cell in her body, leading to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals.”

He added: “I would break down every night thinking that this horrible disease that came out of nowhere could take my soul mate.

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“We now never take life for granted and live each day as if it were our last.

“I cherish and cherish every moment that Sam and I spend together.”

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How is Sam Davis now?

After suffering from sepsis, Sam Davis suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental illness caused by a traumatic experience.

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Her actor husband Warwick also suffers from health problems.

Warwick said: “To this day, Sam is still feeling the effects of sepsis and some PTSD based on her experience. If I’m completely honest, me too.

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How many children does Warwick Davis have?

Warwick and Sam Davis have two children together.

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Their two children, Annabelle, 25, and Harrison, 19, inherited the same form of dwarfism as Warwick, called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita.

Sam has achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism.

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Warwick and Sam also had a son named Lloyd who inherited both diseases and died when he was nine years old.

The couple also had a stillborn baby named George.

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Who are Warwick and Sam Davis?

Warwick Ashley Davis, 52, is an English actor, comedian, filmmaker and television presenter.

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He played the title character in the Willow and the Leprechaun film series along with several characters in the Star Wars film series including Ewok Wicket along with Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter film series.

Warwick is co-founder of Little People UK, a charity that supports people with dwarfism and their families

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He has been married to his wife Samantha since 1991.

What is sepsis?

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Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to infection.

It happens when your immune system overreacts to an infection and starts damaging the body’s tissues and organs, according to the NHS.

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Sepsis is sometimes referred to as blood poisoning or blood poisoning.

What are the symptoms of sepsis?

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Sepsis can be very difficult to detect, but it is also life-threatening.

These are the symptoms in babies and young children:

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  • blue, pale, or mottled skin, lips, or tongue
  • a rash that doesn’t fade when you roll a glass over it, just like meningitis
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or breathing very fast
  • a faint, high-pitched scream that isn’t like her normal scream
  • not responding as usual or not interested in eating or normal activities
  • Drowsiness as normal or difficult to wake up

These are the symptoms in older children and adults:

  • acting confused, slurring, or making no sense
  • blue, pale, or mottled skin, lips, or tongue
  • a rash that doesn’t fade when you roll a glass over it, just like meningitis
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or breathing very quickly

People may not have all of these symptoms.

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If you think you or someone you care for has symptoms of sepsis, call 999 or see A&E.

Can I watch the UK Sepsis Trust charity video?

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Yes, you can watch the following video:

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