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Dancing on Ice’s Ben Hanlin tells all about his baby daughter’s battle with sepsis

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 2 days ago Ciaran Mather
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Ben Hanlin has recently opened up about his baby daughter’s battle with sepsis.

The star made the revelation on Loose Women and said that he was about to perform a magic act when he got a phone call about seven-month-old Delilah.

‘I was about to go on stage, I got a phone call from my wife, Briony, saying she had called an ambulance. I was like, “Right, I’m coming home”.’

Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby standing on a stage posing for the camera: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with Ben Hanlin and his dance partner Carlotta Edwards. Pic: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Evoke.ie Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with Ben Hanlin and his dance partner Carlotta Edwards. Pic: REX/Shutterstock

Ben went on to explain that his daughter had a 103-degree temperature and was struggling so badly to breathe, that her hands and feet had turned blue.

He then went on to say that the doctors gave her amazing attention.

‘Within two hours they got her stable, it was a long two hours. We were very, very, very lucky.’

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Sepsis, or blood poisoning, occurs when the body attacks its own tissues and organs, as a result of an infection, and in Delilah’s case, she was hospitalised for six days.

It can sometimes be hard to identify as its symptoms are similar to those of a chest infection or the flu, including: fast breathing, convulsions, and a rash that doesn’t fade when you press it.

Thankfully though, Ben also revealed that Delilah has been given the all clear and as a result, Ben returned to the show.

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Ben Hanlin shares another older child, Elvis, with his wife Briony.

The magician turned dancer now wants to raise awareness about Delilah’s illness and its symptoms, in order to help other parents spot them before its too late.

Ben explained: ‘Delilah only responded so well because we called 999 so quickly.’ 

Hopefully Ben’s tale about his daughter will help save more lives from sepsis.

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