Caterina Cotrulia was 93 when she went into a London hospital with a urinary tract infection in July 2005. She was put on a course of antibiotics and her family expected her to be discharged within a few days. But Caterina contracted C.difficile and her family watched helplessly as she died a slow and painful death.
Her granddaughter Graziella Kontkowski has campaigned tirelessly for stricter hygiene controls in hospitals and to raise awareness of C.difficile. Graziella said:
Understanding how these superbugs affect patients and establishing new methods of diagnosis and treatment is absolutely vital, which is why I am supporting the work of CHAI.
I watched my grandmother suffer terribly after contracting one of these lethal illnesses and through funding this important research we can work toward ensuring that other families do not have to endure the painful loss of a loved one in this way.