'I was overwhelmed' Mum credits Corrie storyline for saving baby's life


Mother Aiofe notices symptoms of sepsis taking over her daughter Eabha after watching Coronation Street NC

RECOVERING: Mum Aoife and daughter Eabha

Aoife Duffy watched as GPs failed to spot mechanic Kevin Webster’s son Jack had developed the deadly condition – a complication of an infection – in the ITV soap.

Jack, played by actor Kyran Bowes, had to have his leg amputated in the show.

When her four-month-old baby Eabha grew “really cranky”, became pale, drowsy, difficult to wake and suffered vomiting and diarrhoea, Aoife recalled the plot.

She made a GP appointment but remembered how Jack’s condition had been missed and rushed Eabha to A&E.

To her horror her diagnosis was right. But medics were able to bring the condition quickly under control.

Student Aoife said: “We made a GP appointment. But I remembered how on Coronation Street the symptoms were missed several times by the GP.

“So I didn’t want to take any chances. I went into hysterics when I heard the word sepsis because I always thought that children always lost limbs.

“I was very overwhelmed as was her daddy.

Coronation Street's Kevin Webster watching over son Jack who is suffering from sepsis ITV

CONCERNED: Kevin with sepsis victim son Jack in Corrie

“The doctor explained quickly that they had got it all under control and she was being treated.

“I can’t stop thinking about what would have happened had we just taken her to the GP and not followed my gut instinct.”

Eabha developed sepsis from a urine infection.

She recovered after being diagnosed by medics at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh.

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