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NHS Trust admits facial burn on former model

An NHS Trust has admitted that an unmaintained dental drill that overheated and caused a severe burn to a former child model from Wolverhampton could have been prevented.

Jade Blinco, from Bilston, says her dreams of pursuing an adult modelling career have been ruined following the incident at Birmingham City Hospital in September 2011. The burn left the 23-year-old with a large scar on her top lip.

Jade Blinco before her treatment Credit: Irwin Mitchell

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust has admitted full liability. The Trust has since changed the brand of the tool used to one that now has an automatic cooling system to prevent anyone else being burnt.

Jade Blinco after her treatment Credit: Irwin Mitchell

The last three years have been horrendous as I have tried to come to terms with living with the horrific injury and scar I have been left with. I had been a child model and hoped to pursue a career in the industry as an adult but the scar means modelling agencies won't even consider me and I have no confidence now.

– Jade Blinco

We are very sorry for the distress experienced by Miss Blinco. We apologised immediately after the incident in person and subsequently in writing to her. On the day of surgery an apology was given to Miss Blinco by the senior surgeon which was reiterated the following day in the presence of family members. Our Chief Executive has also written to apologise to Miss Blinco earlier this year. Since the incident we have changed all of our hand pieces ensuring that this issue will not occur again.

– Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust

Autumn colour helps West Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the West Midlands feel down as the nights draw in and the days get shorter.

But Autumn colour could be the natural tonic to the winter blues. The National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier.

Walking through Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire, visitors can see blue-tinged hills standing tall in the distance. As the nights draw in during the autumn months, the skies become a dark blue colour. The water in the stream and the waterfall appear to shine brighter and the heather takes on a blue tinge. Credit: The National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (51%).

Despite 68% of people in the West Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 42% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with just over a third (34%) claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

The short ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire takes you to the spectacular orange scene of the 450 year old Spanish chestnut avenue which is said to be planted in the formation of the Spanish armada. You will also come across the Quarry Oak which has been standing proud for around 1,000 years. Credit: ITV News Central

Couple charged with murdering their baby

A couple from Wolverhampton have been charged with murdering their baby daughter in January this year.

Brian and Precious Kandare, aged 32 and 36, from Park Village, are due to appear before Wolverhampton Magistrates tomorrow.

Their 9-month-old baby was taken to hospital in January.

A post mortem examination revealed the child died of pneumonia as a result of severe malnourishment.

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