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New baby joy for mum who lost son to sepsis

Melissa and husband Paul with their new baby son. Credit: Good Morning Britain

The mum of a boy who tragically died from sepsis just days before his first birthday has given birth to another son.

Melissa Mead and her husband Paul lost their first-born William in December 2014 after medics failed to spot his illness and have campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness since.

And in a touching tribute they have named their newborn Arthur William Mead after his big brother.

Arthur has the middle name William in memory of his big brother. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Melissa said little Arthur was only two weeks old so was still "quite dinky".

She said: "We thought naming him Arthur William was a really lovely way to honour his memory."

William died from sepsis just days before his first birthday. Credit: SWNS

But having a new baby hasn't stopped the couple from campaigning for more sepsis awareness.

Recently Melissa gave a speech at the Tory Party conference which moved many of the audience to tears.

Melissa said: "The last few weeks have been hectic but we've been trying to keep the momentum going for the campaign.

"There's just so much going on. It doesn't stop for nothing - not even for babies."

The couple carry this teddy which contains William's ashes everywhere. Credit: Good Morning Britain

The couple, from Penryn in Cornwall, carry a teddy with them everywhere which contains William's ashes.

Dad Paul said: "It's nice to have them together. We have them together wherever we go."

William died from sepsis as a result of a chest infection but could have been saved if a 111 call handler had realised the gravity of his illness.

An NHS England report found that 16 mistakes had contributed to his death.