This Morning's Cat Deeley tears up talking to inspirational little boy, 8, whose legs were amputated after sepsis

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27 Jun 2024, 15:27

This Morning's Cat Deeley tears up talking to inspirational little boy, 8, whose legs were removed after sepsis

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Cat Deeley fought back tears on This Morning as she spoke to a young boy who had both legs amputated and nine fingers after contracting sepsis in 2020, aged just three.

The presenter appeared on the ITV show alongside co-host Ben Shephard talking to Nottinghamshire lad, William Reckless, who had his lower limbs removed after a battle with sepsis and scarlet fever in 2020.

Mum-of-two Cat became emotional as she listened to the family's life-shattering trauma.



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William Reckless

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William's mother Gemma explained: 'The doctors asked me "do you understand what's happening?" and I said "he's got meningitis hasn't he?" And they said "no he's got sepsis" and I just had no idea what that was.

'I just remember thinking "somebody wake me up, it's not happening". Two hours ago we were at home.' 

William, who was joined by his mum, his father Michael and little sister Georgia, was in intensive care for three months and almost died.

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After his surgery, the inspirational young lad was still in good spirits and told doctors and nurses 'his left leg had been eaten by a crocodile and the right taken by a shark'.

Earlier this year, fundraising William walked two miles using his prosthetic legs and cycling another two miles to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity and raised £5,600.

Fans commented: "Nothing as serious as sepsis, but we had a rather mundane reason to take our toddler to A&E - which quickly escalated and escalated to the point where we we didn't think he'd last the day. Luckily the NHS is simply amazing and now it's nothing but a bad memory."

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Another added: "Sepsis has long been the cause of 1/5 deaths worldwide. In the late 2010s, there was a big push for awareness of it. Then, along came Covid and it fell off the radar for the next couple of years - the cause of 20% of deaths ignored for a virus with 99.97% survival."

A third agreed: "I feel for this family so much. My 15 year old son was misdiagnosed with Sepsis by the GP as viral Tonsillitis… deteriorated within an hour… luckily he survived but there needs to be more awareness and by GPs… well done William, you are a superstar."

Go, William!