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Mother who lost son to Sepsis pays tribute by naming second born after him

The new baby has been called Arthur William Mead, paying tribute to his older brother. Credit: Melissa Mead

A woman from Cornwall who's campaigning to raise awareness of Sepsis after her son died has become a mother again.

Melissa Mead's one-year-old son William died after medics repeatedly failed to spot the symptoms of the condition.

She has now given birth to another son named Arthur William Mead - paying tribute to his older brother.

William died in December 2014 after an NHS helpline failed to identify the seriousness of his illness.

Melissa has since been campaigning for a public health campaign into the disease.

She says GPs, parents, teachers and hospitals need to know what the disease is after the call-handler on the NHS 111 helpline failed to notice her son was suffering from the blood infection.

The government has apologised after a damning report condemned the NHS out-of-hours system for failing to recognise William's symptoms.

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Swimmer sets off on quest to cross Atlantic

A former serviceman from Cheltenham has set off on his quest to become the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean.

Ben Hooper is leaving for Senegal, which will be the starting point in November for his 2,000 mile challenge.

It should take 140 days, swimming around 10 hours a day, to cross from Africa to Brazil. He's raising money for a number of charities.

You can follow updates of his progress on his blog.

Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming the entire length of the Atlantic
Ben has been training for the last two years swimming up to 20 km every day
Ben's swim will see him tackle 30ft high swells and shark infested waters
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