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Viewers of Friday’s episode of This Morning found themselves getting emotional after an orphan teared up while paying tribute to the late Denise Robertson.
Fred Ssemmanda was 11 when he first met the This Morning agony aunt in Uganda – and she ended up having a huge impact on his upbringing.
Denise had visited East Africa in 2004 for a charity trip when she first came across the orphaned Fred and his younger brother Emmanuel.
At just 11 years old Fred was alone in taking care of his six year old brother after their parents had passed away three years prior.
Denise worked to raise money to build the brothers a home after witnessing their living conditions.
In 2016, Denise passed away at the age of 82 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
New father Fred appeared on ITV’s This Morning on Friday to remember Denise and all she had done for him, with him branding her his “guardian angel” for her efforts.
During the interview, Fred revealed that he had named his baby son Dennis after Denise for her actions.
He said in the interview: "Wherever I am, I can't leave a place without mentioning Denise. So it is so close to my heart.
"Denise is my guardian angel who started taking care of me from childhood with my brother Emmanuel until I joined university."
Fred’s emotions began to bubble up in the interview as he remembered Denise, leading to him tearing up.
Fans watching the interview took to Twitter to comment on the interview, with one saying: “Too early for tears. Such a touching tribute.”
Another wrote: “I’m not crying, you are.”
While a third said it was “A lovely tribute and legacy.”
A fourth tweet said: "Aww bless him. She was such a lovely lady helping these two young boys at the time. Can see how she made such an impact on their lives."
This Morning aired a special tribute to Denise on the 1 st of April in 2016.
Denise worked for 31 years in broadcast television, getting her starts as a presenter on BBCs Breakfast Time in 1985, where she hosted the junior advice line segment until 1986.
Her post at This Morning began in 1988 and she remained there as agony aunt until 2016 before passing.
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