Woman from Lindenhurst finishes New York City Marathon after overcoming sepsis

Doctors told Jenna Knoblauch that she would not survive after contracting sepsis, a life threatening illness that attacks the immune system as a result of an untreated infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are more than one and half million cases of sepsis each year and the illness kills more than 250,000 Americans.

After fourteen operations and 58 days in the hospital, Knoblauch survived and participated in the New York City Marathon on Sunday. A goal of hers that was fulfilled less than a year after her affliction.

“There was a lot that I went through and when my body changed and I saw all of the scars and the changes that my body went through. I didn’t feel like myself anymore. I didn’t feel like the person that I really was,” says Knoblauch.

Knoblauch’s family cheered her on Sunday as she was among 51 thousand runners participating in the New York City Marathon.

“I almost treated being sick as a marathon. I used that metaphor that the closer I was at feeling better the closer I was to the finish line.”