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Classmates support Sam's bid for treatment

Classmates of a six-year-old boy from Otley with a rare genetic condition are pitching in to support his family's bid for treatment.

Sam Brown has rare condition

Sam Brown is one of 87 people in the country diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome. His family are battling to get NHS-funding for a trial drug to improve his health.

A special assembly to raise awareness about his condition has been held at Sam's school, Warton's primary school, and his classmates have been making banners and letters in support of his treatment to take to Prime Minister David Cameron next week.

Helping hands

And here's the letter Sam has written himself to Mr Cameron, which is bound to tug on his heart strings.

Sam's plea

Family to continue battle for Morquio test drug

The family of a boy diagnosed with a rare disease say they are continuing the battle to get NHS-funding for a trial drug to improve his health.

Sam Brown from Otley is one of eighty-seven people in the country diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome.

The six-year old's school is holding a special assembly to raise awareness about his condition and his classmates are making banners and letters in support of his treatment to take to Prime Minister David Cameron next week.

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Zoe: "I never thought it would happen to me"

Zoe Turner and Firefighter Leon Dentico Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Zoe said she was in immense pain following the collision but firefighter Leon Dentico, from Leeds Red Watch, delivered one-to-one casualty care and kept her calm throughout whilst other crew members worked on the car and other casualties.

Zoe said: “When Leon got there I was petrified. Leon was talking to me explaining things. He said 'you are going to be alright' and that calmed me down.

“It?s crazy to see them again. I feel lucky that I have met them and said thanks because it's quite rare for that to happen. I never thought something like this would happen to me. It's shown me how good our emergency services are."

Cut free from the wreckage Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Red dress Zoe says thanks to her rescuers

Before the accident: Zoe in THE little red dress

A 21-year-old woman left with multiple injuries after an horrific crash has been reunited with the fire crew that came to her aid and pulled her from the wreckage.

Zoe Turner's escape was made all the more miraculous as medics credited the very tight red dress she was wearing for a night out with helping to protect her from sustaining even more fractures.

Zoe, a psychology graduate from Wakefield, was the front seat passenger in a taxi involved in a crash on December 14th in Leeds. She was left with multiple injuries including a fracture to her lower spine, left side of her pelvis and shoulder. She also broke her sternum.

Zoe was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where medics told her that her tight red dress had acted as a corset and prevented her injuries from being a lot worse.

The incident was attended by an engine from Leeds and Gipton as well as the Technical Rescue Unit and today Zoe was reunited with the “caring and professional” firefighters from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, who were on the scene within minutes.

Zoe with her rescuers Credit: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Servi

Zoe said: “I know the story is about the dress but the dress is nothing compared to what they [the firefighters] did. In reality it's these guys that save lives. They really cared. They were very professional and I was really impressed with how they dealt with the incident.”

Eat Fat to tackle obesity and diabetes - claims leading dietitian

Leading dietitian Dr Trudi Deakin is launching a book - and her controversial "fat is good for you" diet in Hebden Bridge today.

Dietitian Dr Trudi Deakin

Among the guest speakers at the launch will be Professor David Haslam and Prof Dave Haslam, of the National Obesity Forum .

Sixty five NHS Trusts around the country have already signed up to West Yorkshire-based Dr Deakin's educational diet programmes, working with 50,000 patients

The launch of her new book " Eat Fat " will be held at 3pm at the Innovation Cafe, St George's Square, Hebden Bridge.

Medical first for brave Ben

Ben Parkinson, the Army's most injured survivor of the Afghan war, will today become the first British soldier to undergo a new treatment on his injuries.

Ben Parkinson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The former paratrooper from Doncaster, starts a month long course of high-pressure oxygen therapy in Scotland to help treat his brain injuries and improve his speech and memory.

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