Jason Watkins and his wife, Clara Francis, went through their late daughter Maudie's belongings in a heartbreaking moment during their documentary on Thursday night.

The Line Of Duty star, 60, and Clara bravely filmed emotional documentary Jason & Clara: In Memory of Maudie – 11 years after their daughter Maudie's sudden death aged two from sepsis.

Jason has said he hopes his family being "so open" about their grief following the death of their young daughter will encourage others to talk about bereavement while raising awareness about sepsis.

And in one heartbreaking moment from their ITV documentary on Thursday night, Jason and Clara decided to go through Maudie's things for the first time since her death.

Clara shared that her best and oldest friend, Emma, had taken Maudie's things for them after her death and had kept them in her loft for 11 years.

And for the first time since Maudie's death, the couple decided to go through their late daughter's belongings in a heartbreaking moment.

Clara explained: "I found it very difficult to go into Maude's bedroom and just see all her stuff as if she were still going to come in. So Emma took it all out and Emma has been looking after it in her loft for 11 years.

"Weirdly as time has gone on those things have taken on value to me and I think if we'd got rid of them immediately it wouldn't be a problem, but because they've been there, they've taken on a significance and now I feel compelled to go through them", adding it could be "healing" or "traumatic".

Later, as Jason and Clara opened up one of the bags, Clara was left sobbing as she found Maudie's "little shoes".

To which Clara admitted: "I don't know if I can do it. What are we going to gain from it? Are you wanting to keep stuff?

"There's a part of me that wants to put my hand in the bag and just grab something and try to get used to it, just to try to make myself keep them."

While Jason added: "The fact that it's so physical, it's such a physical thing. It's the closest you can get to having her with us."

Taking to Twitter after the heartbreaking documentary aired, Jason admitted both he and Clara were "blown away" by everyone's support.

The actor tweeted: "Clara and I are just blown away by the heartfelt messages we are receiving after #InMemoryofMaudie aired last night. Thank you so much for your love and support. Reach out if you can, to anyone you know who is #bereaved. Learn the signs of #sepsis and share them."

Prior to the documentary airing, Jason told the PA news agency: "It’s celebrating and remembering her. There is the sort of campaigning side of it, the awareness of sepsis and more funding for sepsis awareness and clinical care.

"And then there is the real emotional side of losing a child within society generally, but then we’re sharing our families’ grief and our memories so there are lots of things going on.

"It’s funny, isn’t it, emotional things really do connect with people, and I hope us being so open as a family and a couple will encourage people to talk about bereavement within families, in all generations as well.

"So that perhaps older generations who are less inclined to talk about it, they can be able to extend their love. Because there’s a big thing of sweeping it under the carpet and just getting on with it. I think those days are gone."

The couple decided now was the right time to explore the topic, 11 years on from the death of Maudie as they were in the process of moving house, the home where she was born and died.

In the documentary, Jason remembers her as a "happy child, wise and centred" and explains she developed a chest infection around New Year in 2011 which was treated by her doctor with medication.

After her condition did not improve, they took her back to A&E where they were told she had a bad cold and croup before being discharged, but later that night she died at home.

It was only discovered later that she had developed sepsis, a life-threatening reaction to an infection which occurs when your immune system overreacts to the ailment and starts to damage your body’s own tissues and organs, according to the NHS website.

Clara said that their aim with the documentary was to raise awareness about the condition and to talk about child bereavement as they feel it is often a “taboo subject”.

The couple share 15-year-old Bessie and 10-year-old Gilbert while Jason also has two sons, Freddie and Pip, from his first marriage to actress Caroline Harding.

The NHS website warns that it can be difficult to detect sepsis as there are “lots of possible symptoms” and they can present like symptoms of other conditions, including flu or a chest infection.

It advises that if you think yourself, or someone you look after has symptoms of sepsis, to contact emergency services or go to A&E.


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