By Michele Paduano
BBC Midlands health correspondent
Four-year-old William from Nottinghamshire almost died after contracting sepsis.
Four-month-old Emmanuel survived a 47-day hospital battle after contracting sepsis and coronavirus.
By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online
BBC Radio Suffolk
A hospital chief executive is appealing to anyone who feels unwell not to worry about attending their GP and A&E clinic during the Covid-19 pandemic.Copyright: BBC
Nick Hulme, who's in charge of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals, was responding to an emotional email from a BBC Radio Suffolk listener in Australia, whose sister had been afraid to attend hospital with an infection.
She died of sepsis on 25 April.
"I'm worried about people who are a bit concerned about their health, who would normally seek medical advice from their GP or hospital," he said.
"They're simply not doing it.
"We've seen a massive reduction in referrals from GPs of people who might have cancer - those referrals are down by 75%.
"I've spent years trying to tell people not to attend A&E [unless necessary] - my message this morning is the opposite.
"If you don't seek medical advice, the consequences could be very serious."Copyright: BBC
Lewys was wrongly diagnosed with a viral illness when he in fact had sepsis.
The parents of a baby boy who died from sepsis say they would not want any other family to go through their experience.