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The woman campaigning for a controversial operation to be outlawed after it left her in constant pain

A woman from March in Cambridgeshire is calling for a controversial operation designed to cure incontinence after childbirth to be suspended.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says it believes the benefits of the operation outweigh the risks.

But Kath Sansom says the procedure, known as TVT, has caused her painful side effects.

"As the days went by I had terrible pain in my groin, in my legs. It was so extreme, it rang alarm bells. I knew you should be over it very quickly; you were told it was this very easy operation."

– Kath Sansom

The government's healthcare watchdog says it sympathises with women who have suffered complications and it will continue to monitor their safety and performance.

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Five years on: The little girl who had half her brain disconnected

It's exactly five years since a baby girl from Norfolk had the right side of her brain disconnected in a drastic measure to safe her life.

The seven-hour surgery was to stop the toddler from having seizures - she was having as many as 64 a month.

Angelina Mills from Gresham near Holt in Norfolk has born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. It's an incurable brain disorder affecting just one in 50,000 people.

Her operation was carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital but there's been a cost; a bit like a stroke victim Angelina will always have a weakness down one side.

Click below to watch a report on Angelina from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

Angelina is taking part in a sponsored skate on 24 August 2015 at Funky's in Norwich for Sturge Weber UK and is appealing for more skaters.

Colchester Hospital cancer centre campaign handed major funding boost

Colchester General Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign to create a new cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital has received a major boost.

It's just been given a £100,000 donation from a Leukaemia charity.

It means they've now raised almost £900,000.

It's the hospital's largest ever fundraising appeal - in total they want to raise £4.5 million.

Grant from Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund, set up in memory of the actress who died in 1959 from leukaemia.

Fresh hope for mums who lose their babies as scientists discover new reasons for miscarriage

For the first time, scientists in Cambridge have been able to map the step-by-step process by which human eggs are prepared for fertilisation.

It's hoped studying how things work in real time will lead to greater understanding of what causes chromosomal abnormalities in some eggs, a problem which can lead to issues like recurrent miscarriages.

The renowned Bourn Hall Clinic near Cambridge has been involved in the research.

Experts here believe one day it will be give IVF patients a far greater chance of carrying a baby to full term.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

More people register as blood donors after appeal

More people coming forward as blood donors after appeal Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than twice as many people in our region registered to give blood this month than in the same period last year

NHS Blood and Transplant says it's the result of a recent drive for new donors - and adds many more lives will now be saved,

Almost 2,500 people in the East registered in the first week of June when the campaign started. That's compared to 1,180 in the same period last year.

"We hope that the thousands of people who registered will now go on to book an appointment and become regular donors and that the organisations who backed the campaign will continue to help us promote blood donation. Current stock levels are good so we don’t need new donors to walk in to donate now. If there aren’t any immediate appointments in the area in the next few weeks – don’t worry, book an appointment for the future."

– Jon Latham, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Assistant Director for Donor Services and Marketing


NHS group facing £43 million deficit to hold public meeting

The Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group reported the shortfall last month. Credit: PA

A group of NHS doctors and nurses facing a deficit of £43 million are holding a public meeting later.

The Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS healthcare for the county, announced the shortfall last month.

The meeting will take place at Jordans Mill in Broom at 2 o'clock.

Renewed calls to tackle elderly abuse

Elderly abuse is a growing problem Credit: PA

Research has shown that elderly abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation is one of the biggest issues facing senior citizens.

Now there are renwed calls to try and tackle the problem.

Earlier this week the United Nations held a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to try and focus the spotlight on the issue.

Lin Whitehead is a partner at the lawyers 'Clapham and Collinge' where she specialises in elderly client law and she explained to ITV News Anglia why elder abuse has become such a problem now.

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