Tuesday 22 August 2017

Holly Willoughby breaks down in tears during heartbreaking interview on sepsis baby death

Holly Willoughby tried to hold back tears on This Morning
Holly Willoughby tried to hold back tears on This Morning
Sepsis campaigner Melissa Mead
Holly Willoughby tried to hold back tears on This Morning
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

This Morning host Holly Willoughby broke down in tears on TV during a heartbreaking interview with a mother who had lost her baby boy to sepsis.

The 36-year-old apologised to viewers as she lost her composure and burst into tears during the interview.

Holly had been interviewing Melissa Mead whose baby had died of sepsis in 2014 when several doctors failed to recognise the symptoms.

Sepsis campaigner Melissa is now hoping to raise awareness of the illness and appeared on the show to share her painful story.

Sepsis campaigner Melissa Mead
Sepsis campaigner Melissa Mead

Her baby boy died after suffering blood poisoning from a chest infection in December 2014.

She explained that her son had a persistent cough over the course of seven weeks, and later developed other symptoms such as vomiting and fevers.

The family eventually saw several more doctors, all of whom deemed his condition "non-urgent".

One of the doctors told Melissa that her son William had a "viral infection" and he should rest in bed.

Holly Willoughby tried to hold back tears on This Morning
Holly Willoughby tried to hold back tears on This Morning

Melissa followed the misguided advice but within hours little William passed away.

“I went to check on him and he had passed away,” Melissa said, as she broke down.

"He was just perfect, he was everything we could have dreamed of and more," she said through tears as she recalled her son.

Melissa was holding a teddy bear that she revealed contained William's ashes so she could still cuddle him.

"You and William will save so many lives," Phillip Schofield said.

But Holly struggled to speak as her eyes welled with tears.

The mother-of-three then apologised for not being able to read her lines.

Melissa revealed William's symptoms included no urine output, high and low temperatures, vomiting, floppiness and an occasional rash.

Sepsis – known as the “silent killer” – is caused when bacterial infections or blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response, which sees the body attack its own organs.

The British Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has publicly apologised to Melissa and her family and attended her son's memorial service at the weekend.

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