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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.

Union protests over Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Members of a workers' union are to protest outside Hull Royal Infirmary later.

It's the latest in a campaign to highlight their concerns with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Unite say whistleblowers are being silenced.

It's the latest in a campaign to highlight their concerns with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Unite say whistleblowers are being silenced.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service says staff are encouraged to use existing procedure to report concerns.

Watchdog finds psychiatric hospital 'not fit for purpose'

A psychiatric hospital which treats some of York's most vulnerable patients is not fit for purpose, according to the health watchdog the CQC.

Inspectors found that Bootham Park Hospital, which is run by the Leeds and York Partnership trust, had too many places where suicidal patients could harm themselves:


Breathalysers for pubs and clubs in York

Nightclubs and bars in York are to be given breathalysers to help stop people who've had too much to drink being allowed in. It's part of a police initiative to reduce alcohol-related trouble in the city. They're also increasing the number of patrols during weekend evenings.

The breathalysers are another tool to help us tackle drink-related disorder and violence. Many people pre-load before going out for the evening and are already heavily intoxicated before they enter a bar. Much of the disorder and violence we are called to deal with is triggered by excessive alcohol intake. Being drunk and out of control also makes people more vulnerable. The breathalysers will support door staff in the difficult job of challenging people who they believe have drunk too much.

– Acting Inspector Andy Godfrey, York Safer Neighbourhood Team

Teenager releases song in memory of cousin who died from breast cancer

Sophie Cox lost her cousin Emma Speer to breast cancer last year. She was just 33-years-old. Sophie from Eastrington in East Yorkshire has decided to remember Emma by writing her first ever song and it was released yesterday with proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sophie and her mother Jackie joined Christine and Duncan in the Calendar studio.

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