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Sheriff now under hospice care at home
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Sheriff Don Martin - photo by File photo
Liberty County Sheriff J. Don Martin was returned home Monday, but was placed under the care of hospice, according to a journal entry by his wife Polly Martin on the Memorial Health University Medical Center’s Caring Bridge Web-site.
Martin was re-admitted to Memorial on Friday, diagnosed with sepsis.
According to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Immune chemicals released into the blood to fight the infection trigger widespread inflammation.
Martin has undergone two leg surgeries and other medical procedures after being injured in a vehicle accident in December.
According to the NIGMS anyone can get sepsis. But people with weakened immune systems, children, infants and the elderly are most vulnerable. People with chronic illnesses are also at increased risk, as are those who have experienced a severe physical trauma.
Sepsis stems from an infection in a particular body part or the introduction of bacteria into the bloodstream from invasive medical procedures.
“Your love, support, and especially your prayers and outreach, have been such a blessing to the family through these many months,” Polly Martin wrote. “The family treasures your continued prayers through these difficult days.”
If a vacancy occurs, Georgia statutes call for the Liberty County probate judge to select a qualified replacement until an election could be held. If a qualified candidate is not selected the position would fall to the county coroner.
The timeline of those events was not immediately evident and calls to the probate court offices Tuesday afternoon were not returned in time for press.
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