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Report: Paralysed man hails groundbreaking surgery

A man who was left competely paralysed after a cycling accident has made remarkable progress in his ability to move - thanks to surgery carried out in Birmingham.

Leon Hill was riding to work in Herefordshire when he was hit by a van. But thanks to surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he's now starting to turn his life around. Melissa Wright reports.

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Elderly man airlifted to hospital after bike crash

Midlands Air Ambulance Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

An elderly man was airlifted to hospital last night after colliding with a car whilst on a bicycle ride.

Ambulance crews were called to the junction of Sherrards Green Road and Pickersleigh Road in Great Malvern just before 5.30pm yesterday.

The man said he hadn't lost consciousness but was found to have a chest injury which required treatment at the roadside.

He was oxygen therapy and airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.

Concerns over adult heart surgery at top Birmingham hospital

Inspectors have raised concerns about the safety of adult heart surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A review into the care at the unit by the health watchdog is currently ongoing, but there are fears too many patients are dying during and after treatment. A report in a national newspaper today says the Care Quality Commission even considered closing the unit after the inspections.

Chris Halpin reports.

Appeal: 37-year-old missing from hospital

Police are appealing for information to help trace a man who has been missing from a hospital in Birmingham since Wednesday and may be 'unstable'.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Maikl not to approach him as he can be unstable. Credit: West Midlands Police

Maikl Rinkiavicivte, 37, was last seen by staff at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, at around 3.50pm. He is described as around 5ft 10" tall, white and was last seen wearing a blue bomber jacket and grey baseball cap.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Maikl not to approach him as he can be unstable, but to immediately contact their local police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We need to find Maikl as soon as possible.

He suffers from a mental health condition and needs medication which he does not have with him.

Inquiries are on-going to trace Maikl, but we need anyone who knows his whereabouts to call us immediately.

– Mark Hambling from Coventry Police

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Pictures: See how the 24-hour walk-out by junior doctors has started

Thousands of junior doctors in England are to begin strike action today, with patients being warned to expect major disruption.

Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media
Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media
Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media

Talks last week between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers were "constructive" but did not reach a deal.

Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media
Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media

The strike is due to last for 24 hours, during which time the doctors will provide only emergency cover.

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Calls for clinical trials after cement hip operation death

The family of a 75-year-old woman from Moseley in Birmingham who died after suffering an adverse reaction while having a controversial hip repair operation is calling for an end to the procedure.

Suzanne Wolffe broke her hip while on an outpatients visit to the QE Hospital in Birmingham in May, but suffered a cardiac arrest after surgical cement was used to repair her thigh bone.

Today, an inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death, saying the surgical team was not at fault. But Mrs Wolffe's family has called for clinical trials into the safety of the procedure. Chris Halpin reports.

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