Man nearly dies from sepsis after getting paper cut on his finger

Cut finger (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man is lucky to be alive after suffering from a deadly infection following a paper cut on his finger, doctors in New Jersey said.

Michael Bergers was rushed to the Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, after his paper cut became infected.

Doctors quickly discovered that he was suffering from sepsis, and he was placed in a medically induced coma for three weeks.

Luckily, doctors managed to save his life after Bergers was told he had just a 50 percent chance of surviving the infection.

Sepsis is treated with IV fluids, blood cultures and antibiotics.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.

Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate and confusion. The key to successfully treating sepsis is early diagnosis before the patient enters severe sepsis or septic shock.