Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Meghan Markle will celebrate Christmas with the royal family at the Sandringham estate. Meghan will spend her first Christmas as Prince Harry’s fiancee with the Queen and will be seen walking to church on Christmas morning. The senior members of the family traditionally attend Morning Service at Sandringham Church - which is the one public event they complete on Christmas Day.

  2. A talented 16-year-old footballer collapsed and died during a football match in Ireland. Izzy Dezu was in the academy set up at Shelbourne FC in Dublin and was regarded as one of the country’s most promising players in his age group. The young footballer collapsed during a Dublin and District Schoolboys match against St Kevin's Boys. It is understood he was treated pitchside by paramedics before being taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  3. The number of people who are unemployed dropped to its lowest rate since 1975, latest official figures have shown. The UK unemployment for August to October 2017 is 4.3%, which is down from 4.8% from the previous year.

  4. Our 1 Million Minutes campaign received a royal backing when the Duchess of Cornwall spoke exclusively to Good Morning Britain about why she’s encouraging everyone to speak to someone lonely this Christmas. Watch the full interview here.

  5. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn traded blows at this week's Prime Minister Questions. The Labour leader said the rate of children and families facing homelessness is a “national disgrace”. However, Mrs May countered by claiming house-building and social housing reduced under the last Labour administration, adding: "Labour would produce failure for this country once again."

Baby born with heart outside her body 'came out kicking and screaming'

She literally came out kicking and screaming

– Naomi Findlay

A baby girl born with her heart outside her body is thought to be the first in Britain to survive the condition.

Little Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve, before the rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on 22 November at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. She has since has three operations to have her heart put back in her chest.

Her mother Naomi Findlay joined Wednesday's Good Morning Britain three weeks after the miraculous birth to talk about her relief at her daughter's one in eight million survival.

Watch the full interview above

More from Good Morning Britain:

Toddler who was born without arms or legs defies the odds by walking

Little Camden Whiddon was born without arms and legs - but his extraordinary determination has meant he is now able to walk and feed himself.

We first met the plucky Dallas youngster in September and he fast became one of our favourite ever guests - and he's since found internet fame when a video showing how little his disabilities have impacted his life went viral.

Is it right to give cash to the homeless?

Is it ever right to give cash to homeless people sleeping rough on the streets? Or does it do more harm than good?

Journalist Matt Broomfield thinks we should give money directly and unconditionally to homeless people, without judging what they do with it. He has volunteered at homelessness charities and soup kitchens for years and says begging is gruelling and dehumanising.

Meanwhile, Lord John Bird, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue, was homeless and spent time in prison before turning his life around and he believes that giving money directly to beggars does not solve the homelessness crisis.

Let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

Find out how you can help homeless people in your area

Top headlines you're waking up to

  1. A baby born with an extremely rare condition in which the heart grows on the outside of the body has survived, beating odds of eight million to one, in what is believed to be a first in the UK. Vanellope Hope Wilkins was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve before a rare condition meant she had to be born prematurely by caesarean section on November 22 at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

  2. Rebel Tories are set to inflict a damaging defeat on their own government as they vote on an amendment on getting a meaningful vote on the final exit deal. Led by former attorney general Dominic Grieve, up to 10 Conservative MPs are expected to vote for the amendment - and they only need seven to defeat the Government. Good Morning Britain is joined by two of those rebels this morning.

  3. Democratic candidate Doug Jones has won election to the US Senate in traditionally Republican Alabama. The result deals a huge political blow to president Donald Trump, who threw his support behind Republican candidate Roy Moore in recent weeks.

  4. Loneliness is worse for you than obesity or smoking, according to Esther Rantzen's charity Silverline. Her comments come on the day the chief nursing officer for England Prof Jane Cummings warns that loneliness and isolation at winter can be lethal. Help combat loneliness in the UK by joining our 1 Million Minutes campaign.

  5. Thousands of children are languishing in poorly performing schools that are not improving, despite significant investment and attention, according to Ofsted. While the annual report found that standards were improving overall, it also said that testing is not improving education standards because there is too much focus on results and not enough on learning.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Plans for an opt-out organ donation system are being launched by the Government. The current system in England requires people to opt in to allow their organs, including eyes, heart and kidneys, to be made available for use on patients. While 80% of people say they would be willing to donate their organs, only 36% are officially registered, according to the Department for Health.

  2. A woman has died in a massive gas explosion at a house in Leicestershire, which destroyed two properties and parts of neighbouring homes. Pensioner Janet Jasper died after being taken to hospital following the blast, which caused rubble to collapse onto her in bed as her husband made her a cup of tea downstairs. Her husband was injured but has since been discharged from hospital.

  3. The rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation unexpectedly rose to 3.1% in November, from 3% in October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. It is the highest the rate has been in nearly six years, when it reached above 3% in March 2012.

  4. A number of Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action following a dispute over winning independent representation for pilots in the company. The one-day industrial action will take place on Wednesday December 20 and will mostly involve captains. Trade union Impact said it would either disrupt flights or generate substantial costs for the airline.

  5. A woman has been jailed after her dog escaped into a playground and attacked 12 children. Claire Neal, 39, left her brown and white Staffordshire bull terrier in her front yard, where it was able to escape into the road in Blyth, Northumberland.
    The dog, named Marley, was already subject to a destruction order as it had attacked children on two previous occasions.

The man offering to pay $10,000 to find his soulmate

Joe Cohen is so keen to find his ideal woman he's willing to pay $10,000 to anyone who introduces him to her - but it will be no easy task, what with the extensive list of criteria he's set.

Joe says his perfect match needs to be intelligent, attractive, aged 20-30, under 5'9, kind, honest and calm ... the list goes on! But does such a perfect person really exist?

Remembering Keith Chegwin

He was generous - generous with his time, with his energy and with his wonderful warmth and embracing life

– Timmy Mallet

The entertainment world has been paying tribute to TV presenter Keith Chegwin who sadly died at the age of 60 yesterday.

He had a career spanning five decades, first becoming well-known for the children’s game show Cheggers Plays Pop in the mid-seventies.

Many of you will fondly remember him for surprising people on the doorstep for GMTV and making us all smile.