Jason Watkins pays heartbreaking tribute to late daughter Maude on her 11th birthday after she died of sepsis

Jason Watkins pays heartbreaking tribute to late daughter Maude on her 11th birthday after she died of sepsis

10/07/2020

ACTOR Jason Watkins has paid a heartbreaking tribute to his late daughter Maude on what would have been her 11th birthday.

The 53-year-old star – known for his roles in Line Of Duty, Trollied and The Crown – said he lit a candle for her this morning.


Maude died aged two from sepsis after being sent home from hospital on New Year's Eve – before dying in the night.

Posting on Twitter today he wrote: "I lit a candle this morning, as the sun came up as I set off for work – for my beautiful daughter Maudie who’s birthday it is today.

"Always in my thoughts and in my heart for ever. I seem to kiss her more and more each year on these days. #HoldingItTogether."

Jason left Loose Women viewers in tears last year when he revealed the heartbreaking moment he found his daughter dead.


He said: "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 medicine 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."

Earlier, he explained how he thought Maude had "flu or a heavy cold" and took her to a GP – but got told she had a chest infection.

Symptoms of sepsis

The NHS advises that you should go to A&E or call 999 if your child (under five) has any of these symptoms:

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

Fearing something more serious was going on, the family went to A&E but were discharged and sent home with antibiotics.

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