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Mina saved by a 3D printer heart

A little girl from Bury who was born with heart problems so serious doctors were unable to repair them is now living a normal life after some innovative work from scientists. Mina Khan, who's just 2, is one of the first people in the country who's had a 3D copy made of her heart.

Doctors didn't think they could repair Mina's heart Credit: Natasha Buckley

Because of Mina's age her heart was so small it was hard to establish exactly what the problem was. So scientists took more than a 100 images of her heart, then used computer software to stitch them together creating 3D image. That meant surgeons were able to look at what they were dealing before operating - drastically reducing the time taken to carry out the procedure.


Victims still feel ignored and unimportant

Justice agencies fail to demonstrate compassion, empathy or patience when handling complaints from victims. Baroness Newlove, the Victims Commissioner, has written a highly critical report into the way victims are treated.

Victim Commissioner Baroness Newlove Credit: PA

She found that many people feel ignored, unimportant and confused when raising concerns about their treatment. Baroness Newlove has campaigned for victims after the death of her husband Garry who was attacked by youths outside their home in Warrington in 2007.

All it takes is basic human decency to explain to a victim, in a sensitive and timely way, why something has gone wrong and what they can do about it. I have seen excellent examples of work by agencies across the country but it’s clear that many victims are still not getting the service they deserve.

– Baroness Newlove, Victims Commissioner
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Bishop Lane is a 'working mum who will bring normality to Church'

The appointment of the first female Bishop is an historic event, but her husband says it is her experience of everyday, normal family life that she will bring to her new job.

48 year old Reverend Libby Lane is a mother of two and has spent the last 20 years juggling often unpaid parish work with raising her children Connie and Benedict.

The Rev Libby Lane hugs her daughter Connie during the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

She met her husband Rev George Lane while studying theology at Oxford University, and they were ordained together in 1994 - four months after the first group of women became priests.

Her husband who is currently co-coordinating chaplain at Manchester Airport thinks their story 'represents the future of the Church of England'.

Rev George Lane, Dr John Sentamu and The Rev Libby Lane after the service at York Minster Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Both of us doing the cooking, both of us doing washing, both of us writing sermons and both of us dealing with some very serious and important things in people's lives.

That is what normality is to us.

It is a very modern tale of two people who have given and taken over 25 years of married life.

– Rev George Lane


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Kendal marks 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945 Credit: Frank Schumann/dpa

A ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is taking place in Kendal today.

Joe Berger, a survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, will lead the ceremony.

In 1945, the Lake District became home to three hundred holocaust survivors hoping to start a new life, many of them in Windermere.

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Candle lighting ceremony in Kendal

A candle on a memorial plaque at the end of the railway tracks at Birkenau Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A special candle lighting ceremony has taken place in Kendal to mark 70 years since the holocaust of World War Two.

The town is one of 70 around the country to be chosen to have a candle designed by the world renowned artist, Sir Anish Kapoor.

It was selected because of it's links to the so-called "Windermere boys" who came to the Lake District to recover after surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camps in Czechoslovakia.

Three hundred Jewish boys and girls came to the site at Troutbeck Bridge which is now the Lakes School.

One of the Windermere Boys, Joe Berger, who was 12 when he came to the Lake District, carried out the candle lighting ceremony.

He described what it was like when he first arrived in the Lake District.

"It was heaven after two and a half years in the camps. You had plenty to eat, slept in a bed, you could only go up. It was heaven."

– Joe Berger, Holocaust survivor

He said what happened must never be forgotten.

Tomorrow marks 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

Former Auschwitz prisoners the 'Windermere Boys'

Today marks 70 years since the liberation of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. There will be numerous events across the region to mark the occasion.

Following the end of the Second World War hundreds of young children were taken from the camp and brought to the Lake District to recover.

Now in their 80s, the so called Windermere boys rebuilt their lives in the region. Click here for more on our special reports on the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.

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