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Jimmy Greaves out of intensive care following severe stroke

Jimmy Greaves was admitted to hospital on Sunday. Credit: PA Images

Former Tottenham and England striker Jimmy Greaves is out of intensive care following a severe stroke on Sunday and is able to sit up in bed, his family has said.

Greaves, who also played for Chelmsford City and Brentwood, is fourth on the list of all-time England scorers and was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

Colchester Hospital had highest number of 'never events'

Colchester Hospital had the highest number of "never events" in the country last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Figures from NHS England show Colchester Hospital had the most so-called "never events" in the country.

"Never events" are errors which could have been prevented if guidance was followed - meaning they should never happen.

Between April 2014 and March 2015, the hospital trust had nine incidents in that category.

Five involved foreign objects being left inside patients after surgery. The other incidents included one case of a wrong implant or prosthesis and three incidents of "wrong-site surgery".

"Health care can be very complex and we do sometimes make mistakes. In those circumstances, it’s essential that we’re open and honest about them and, importantly, use them as learning opportunities that will help us to improve our services and make them safer.

"The trust proactively encourages all staff to be open and to report incidents, and has a ‘no blame’ policy so that learning can take place to prevent recurrence."

– Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust spokesman.

Mid Essex Hospitals Trust, which runs Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, had seven incidents.

The trust said it was "very disappointed to have never events recorded" but was committed to learning from any mistakes.

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The Facebook video that helps six-year-old Jesse James take his 45 pills a day

Jesse James O'Brien, from Kesgrave, has to take 45 pills a day.

A mother from Suffolk harnessed the power of Facebook to encourage her six-year-old son with a genetic illness to take 45 tablets a day.

Jesse James O'Brien, from Kesgrave, refused to take the medication he needs to treat cystic fibrosis.

But, after his mum posted a video of the little boy gradually making his way through the dozens of pills, the support and encouragement he received from well-wishers who watched it gave him the boost he needed.

Serena Sandhu reports.

Mother warns of meningitis danger six years after daughter's death

A mother from Soham in Cambridgeshire is warning other parents about the dangers of meningitis - as she prepares to mark what would have been her daughter's 10th birthday.

Amelie Clipson-Smith was just three-and-a-half years old when she was suddenly taken ill. She died within 12 hours.

Claire McGlasson went to meet her mother, Sally Clipson.

Horse and carriage driver completes 24-hour ride through region in aid of cancer survivor

Olivia Loughlan, who is in remission after battling bone cancer. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A horse and carriage driver has completed a 24-hour drive through Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk to raise money for a teenager who is fighting back from bone cancer.

Olivia Coughlan, 16, had one of her legs and half her pelvis amputated last year.

The carriage driving challenge started in Layer Breton near Colchester yesterday and finished at Fakenham Racecourse in Norfolk this afternoon.

Former Grand National winner Bob Champion, who is a family friend and fellow cancer survivor, was there at the start.

Hannah Pettifer reports.

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Former Grand National champion supports 100-mile carriage ride for teenage cancer patient

Alan Coe (left) and Bob Champion set off on the 100-mile carriage ride. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Former Grand National winner Bob Champion is supporting a campaign to raise money for an Essex teenager's prosthetic leg.

Olivia Coughlan, from Black Notley, near Braintree, is now in remission after battling cancer.

Yesterday a sponsored 100-mile carriage ride set off from Colchester on its way to Fakenham racecourse to help fund a new leg for the teenager.

Mr Champion, who won the Grand National in 1981, went along for the start of the ride to offer his support.

Retired jockey Alan Coe, who is driving the horses, is due to arrive at the Norfolk racecourse this afternoon.

New study shows cutting sugary drinks can reduce diabetes risk

A study at Cambridge University has found that swapping a sugary drink each day for an unsweetened cup of tea or coffee can reduce the risk of diabetes by up to 25 percent.

And with over 3.2 million people in the UK now suffering from type 2 diabetes, linked to diet, the need to take action has never been greater.

Click below to watch our report from Stuart Leithes.

Couple call for more understanding of facial condition

A father with a severe facial condition has been defending his decision to have a child knowing there was a fifty fifty chance she'd have the same disfigurement.

Simon Moore, his wife Vicky and their daughter Alice Credit: ITV Anglia

Simon Moore and his wife Vicky have had to put up with strangers pointing, staring and calling their baby daughter Alice names.

But the couple from Wymondham say their baby is beautiful and people should be more accepting.

Click below to watch our report from Natalie Gray

Pioneering birth for Norfolk mum

A diabetic mother from Norfolk has become the first woman in the world to give birth naturally using an artificial pancreas.

Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins, who is 41 and from Knapton near Cromer, had 8lb 14oz Euan after using the pioneering device to produce insulin during her pregnancy.

Catriona is one of only 16 pregnant women on the planet to use the artificial pancreas as part of a study run by Cambridge University Hospitals.

The pancreras produces insulin, one of the main hormones that helps to regulate blood sugar levels. The Artificial Pancreas Device System, or APDS, acts as a substitute for the real thing.

It is made up of three elements: a glucose monitor, which is attached to the body, a digital controller which displays blood glucose levels and a pump which automatically administers insulin.

Diabetes is the most common condition in pregnancy, it affects 5% of expectant mothers in the UK. It also doubles the risk of birth defects, oversized babies, premature babies and stillbirth.

Catriona and Euan have made history and their story will form part of the results of the study, due to be published later this year.

In the future its hoped this little bundle of technology will help with the birth of many more little bundles of joy.

Click below to watch a report by Liz Summers:

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