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Tributes to teen who died after bout of flu.

TRIBUTES have been paid to an 18-year-old flu victim who died a month after being taken ill.

The family of Melissa Whiteley, from Hanford in Stoke-on-Trent, urged others not to hesitate in taking relatives with flu-like symptoms to hospital if they have serious concerns.

Melissa fell ill at Christmas and was rushed to A&E in Stoke.

Tests showed the teenager was suffering from sepsis, flu, pneumonia and an infection, and she was transferred to Leicester's Glenfield Hospital, where she passed away with her family beside her on January 27.

Her father Mark, aged 50, said the family was now urging others not to hesitate in seeking medical help, as well as trying to raise awareness of the symptoms of sepsis.

Paying tribute to his daughter, Mr Whiteley said: "She was so much fun. She was always on the go and had a great sense of humour. She had great banter with her twin sister - she was the happiest person and she had so much to live for."

Melissa's twin Megan told the Stoke Sentinel: "This has broken me, I just don't know what I'll do without her."

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