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Mother calls for 'change in attitude' to Down's syndrome

A mother is warning that there needs to be a change in attitude towards Down's Syndrome before the NHS considers rolling out a new test for the condition.

A non-invasive test could be available next year. But Wendy Puckrin, from Harrogate, says knowing a baby has Down's Syndrome could result in more abortions - unless both mothers and the medical profession understand more about the condition. Helen Steel reports.


Two charged with Doncaster care home ill treatment

Nottinghamshire Police has charged two care home employees with ill treatment.

Kayleigh Hockham, who is 26, and from Bawtry Road, Harworth, and Jane Robinson, who is 41, and of Buckingham Court, Harworth, are alleged to have committed the offences under S44 of the Mental Health Capacity Act against two residents at Rose Farm Care Home in Main Road, Styrrup, near Doncaster.

Both were employed as carers at the home at the time of the alleged offences in May last year. They are due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on July 30th.

Six-year-old Sam's free life changing medication supply ends

It is the moment that one local family have been dreading for years.

We have been covering for some time the case of six year old Sam Brown.

Sam whose family live in Otley, suffers from a debilitating genetic disease. For the last three years he has been using a life changing drug - supplied for free by the firm which makes it.

But today, the free supply came to an end - and the family, who believe it's Sam's only chance to live a long and healthy life, simply don't know if the NHS will pay for him to have the drug in future.

Adam Fowler reports:

Family are thanked for the gift of life

Five people benefited from a brave decision by Tracy and Alex Asquith when their 15-year-old son Kyle died suddenly, two years ago. They agreed to let his organs be used for transplant surgery and Raymond Tait was one of the people whose lives the teenager helped save.

He received one of Kyle's kidneys and his pancreas after being on dialysis for four years. And today he travelled from his home in Dundee to meet Kyle's family and his friends and to tell them how the transplant transformed his life. Chris Kiddey reports.

Parents meet the man their son's organs saved

The parents of a Leeds teenager, who became an organ donor after he collapsed and died from a brain hemorrhage, have met up with one of the people whose lives he transformed. Kyle Asquith was just 15 when he died two years ago.

Kyle Asquith

Raymond Tait, who is 39 and from Dundee was given Kyle's kidney and pancreas. And he made the journey to Kyle's school in Leeds where he joined his mum and dad for a fund raising event.

Alain Tait, centre, with Kyle's parents

Classmates at Cockburn school released more than a thousand balloons in Kyle's memory as his appeal fund topped £20,000.

Releasing balloons in Kyle's memory

Raymond Tait, who himself has a 15-year-old son, said it was an honour to meet the family in person.


Final day of free treatment for 6-year-old Sam

Sam Brown, a 6-year old with the rare condition Morquio syndrome, will receive his last free round of treatment today.

Sam Brown, a 6-year old with the rare condition Morquio syndrome, will receive his last free round of treatment today.

Drug companies provided Vimizin as an act of good will, but now the family are hoping the NHS will cover the cost of treatment.

A decision is expected next week.

11-year-old struck down by E. coli on school trip

The family of an 11-year-old girl who was struck down with a life-threatening illness after a school trip are suing the petting farm where it's thought she contracted the E. coli bug.

Megan Oldfield from Pontefract was on kidney dialysis for two weeks after the visit to Cruckley Animal Farm in East Yorkshire and is now at risk of long-term health problems.

The farm has since closed and denies liability but Megan's family is demanding compensation.

Sally Simpson has the story:

New study reveals cancer diagnosis delay as sister speaks of families loss

She looked a picture of health - she was a professional dancer - and even Katie Pearson herself didn't realise that her life was in danger.

It took months for doctors to diagnose that Katie, from Barnsley, had bowel cancer, a disease that would take her life in her mid thirties.

A new study has revealed that young people are facing significant delays in cancer diagnosis, Katie's sister has spoken about her families loss. Tina Gelder has Katies's story.

You can find more information about the symptoms of bowel cancer plus sources of help and support here.

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