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Father of baby brought back to life: "The odds were stacked against her"

The father of the baby girl brought back to life thanks to a consultant's decision to have one more go at reviving her says they didn't realise how lucky they were.

Beatrix Richards, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, was not breathing when she was born, and hospital guidelines state resuscitation should stop after 20 minutes. But the hospital doctor treating Beatrix was reminded of his own daughter and decided he just couldn't give up.

Beatrix's father Lloyd Richards said: "We didn't realise how lucky we were - the odds were stacked against her from the off. Miraculously she's pulled through."


Baby girl survives not breathing for 23 minutes

The family in hospital Credit: Richards family

A baby born in Harlow in Essex has survived despite not breathing for the first 23 minutes of her life.

Beatrix Richards had to be resuscitated, but just at the moment when guidelines recommend resuscitation ends, the consultant at the Princess Alexandra hospital, decided to give it one more go.

She started to breathe and now 8 weeks old is back home in Bishop's Stortford.

She still has a tiny bleed on her brain, caused by the lack of oxygen when she was born, the long-term implications of which are unknown, but the outlook is very good.

Beatrix Richards Credit: Richards family

The family are now fundraising for both the Princess Alexandra hospital in Essex and St Thomas's Hospital in London where she was transferred to at just a few hours old.

Beatrix now Credit: Richards family

Parents to protest over council plans to relocate school

Essex County Council has proposed moving Farnham Primary School. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Parents are due to stage a protest this afternoon against plans to relocate their children's school.

Essex County Council says there are too few children in the catchment area of Farnham Primary's current site at Bishop's Stortford while nearby Stansted is experiencing an increase in demand for places.

It hopes to move the school to St John's Road in the nearby village.

Parents opposed to the proposal plan to hold a demonstration at the end of the school day.

E-fit image of sex attack suspect released

E-fit of the suspect Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Police have released an efit of a man as part of an investigation into a sex attack on a 14-year old girl.

The girl was forced into a what police believe was a Land Rover in the Haymead's Lane area of Bishops Stortford at around 8:30pm Sunday February 16. She was sexually assaulted.

Chief Inspector Gerry McDonald said: “This is an extremely serious matter and one which, understandably, has caused concern within the community.

I would like to reiterate that this is an unusual incident and would reassure everyone that investigations into this incident are a priority and we are looking at every possible line of inquiry.”

Anyone with infiormation about the man is asked to contact Police on 101.


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Driving instructor to the stars

Taxi drivers may be famous for saying "you'll never guess who I had in my cab the other day" but a driving instructor from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire had no idea who the star pupils in his car were.

Noel Gaughan might have suspected when one of them started humming the tune of the James Bond movie 'Skyfall' to him while practising her three point turn.

He might also have guessed when his car was surrounded by a load of screaming girls that they were more interested in who he was teaching at the time.

Find out who the celebrity learners were by clicking below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

Britain's lost railways

There was a time that our region was criss-crossed by a dense network of railways connecting many of our towns and villages.

That all changed in the late fifties and 1960s when dozens of rural branch lines were shut to save cash and now these lost railways are featured in a new book.

Matthew Hudson and the author of Britain's Lost Railways Julian Holland discovered the trains may be long gone but the lines, including the Braintree to Bishop's Stortford route, have had a new lease of life.

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