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    A mother said she felt "absolutely helpless" when her nine-year-old son developed sepsis after his appendix burst on holiday.

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    Seb Owen, from Stoke-on-Trent, was in Greece when he was rushed to hospital and had to undergo emergency surgery.

    His mum, Naomi Owen, said other parents needed to be aware of the symptoms of sepsis, also known as blood poisoning.

    "Hearing the words from your nine-year-old son that he wants to die, he feels like he is dying, are absolutely horrendous, and [you're] just feeling helpless as well, absolutely helpless," she said.

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