“Gabby’s Law” passed unanimously by Illinois House Human Services Committee

Springfield – Legislation to protect patients from life-threatening sepsis infections is making its way through the Illinois House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 2403, aka “Gabby’s Law,” is named in honor of Gabriella Giada Galbo of Monticello, who passed away from sepsis at the age of 5. Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Anyone can develop sepsis; however it is most common and dangerous in older adults and those with weakened immune systems. 

“Gabby’s Law” requires Illinois hospitals to implement evidence-based protocols for the early recognition and treatment of patients with sepsis. It further requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish a sepsis information collection and reporting procedure.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is sponsoring “Gabby’s Law” in the House and presented the bill Wednesday to the Human Services Committee, where it was unanimously passed. Gabby’s parents, Tony and Elisabeth Galbo, were with Rep. Mitchell at the committee hearing and Mr. Galbo gave heart-wrenching testimony about the medical complications and lack of action taken early that could have prevented Gabby’s death.

“I am thankful to the Galbo family for bringing awareness to this issue and for showing great strength in their testimony to the committee today,” Rep. Mitchell said. “Illinois hospitals need to implement sepsis protocols to help ensure that no other family has to go through the pain and loss the Galbos suffered. Senator Rose and I are hopeful that our legislation will help advance medical treatment to prevent sepsis deaths.”

Senate Bill 2403 (Rose/Mitchell) is modeled after legislation in New York, which is the first state to require all hospitals to adopt best practices for the early identification of sepsis. Illinois does not currently have a sepsis reporting law for hospitals.