As part of this year’s Get Smart About Antibiotic Week, the Peggy Lillis Foundation partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a video about our namesake, Peggy Lillis, who died from a C. diff infection caused by antibiotic use. Our Executive Director and co-founder, Christian Lillis, shared his own experience with antibiotics from a young age and the impact of his mother’s death on his work in patient safety.
In the article, Christian shared that “prior to [his] mother’s death, [he] would never have imagined that an antibiotic could precipitate a deadly disease. Ten days after beginning a course of antibiotics, she was dead. Like many Americans [he] had never heard of Clostridium difficile. Nor did [he] realize the system-wide effects that many antibiotics have on the body.”