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NHS helpline 'missed chance' to save one-year-old William Mead

The mother of a baby whose death has thrown doubt on whether the NHS's out-of-hours helpline can identify when children have potentially deadly illnesses has described the whole situation as "soul-destroying".

Melissa Mead, 29, of Penryn in Cornwall, was speaking after an NHS England report found that 16 mistakes had contributed to the death of her 12-month-old son William.

He died from sepsis as a result of a chest infection on December 14 2014 but could have been saved if a 111 call handler, who spoke to Mrs Mead, had realised the gravity of his illness.

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'Thousands of avoidable deaths from sepsis every year'

More than 12,000 people, including 1,000 children, may be dying 'unnecessarily' from sepsis according to the Sepsis Trust.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the NHS is now determined to make sure the infection is spotted sooner but Labour accused the government of ignoring previous warnings from two years ago, that more needed to be done.

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