Jason Watkins has opened up about the death of his two-year-old daughter from sepsis in a heart wrenching interview.
The Crown actor, 52, lost little to Maud to the condition eight years ago and spoke about her on Loose Women on Thursday.
He recalled the day she died, which was New Year's Day, and how his other daughter found her after she'd passed away.
Maud had been suffering a sore throat and was losing her voice so they took her to their GP, who said it was just a chest infection.
But they weren't convinced and decided to take the little girl to A&E.
Jason explained: "As a parent, this is crucial to sepsis, I think if your instinct leads you a certain way you should follow it up."
They rushed to A&E but were soon discharged with antibiotics.
The next day Maud's symptoms worsened; she struggled to breathe and was losing consciousness.
Jason rushed her back to hospital but they were discharged once again.
The next morning, the first day of the New Year 2011, Maud was gone.
Jeason explained: "In the morning our other daughter, who shared a room at the time, came in in the morning and said: 'I can't wake Maude.'
"She had died on the morning of New Year. It's almost Dickensian that in modern medical practise that could happen.
"It's had a cataclysmic effect on our family. The first time sepsis was mentioned was six months later, in the inquest."
He added: "What sepsis does is lurks underneath presenting symptoms. With Maude that was breathing difficulties and a chest infection."
Jason spoke about his grief, calling it "incredibly painful".
He said: "I saw a child that looked exactly like Maude.
"My wife Clara was approaching and me and Dennis, my father in law, said: 'Oh let's go and do something else. It's incredibly painful."
It was only six months later at the inquest into Maud's death that sepsis was even mentioned.
The condition kills five people in the UK every single hour.
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