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Video plea to fund wonder drug for Gracie

The parents of a schoolgirl being treated in Manchester are pleading for the NHS to fund her continued treatment with a drug that's worked wonders in combating the effects of her rare condition.

They're being supported by the seven year old's doctor at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and a few familiar face from Coronation Street.

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Parents plea for wonder drug for their daughter

The parents of a seven year old girl with a rare condition are urging people to petition the Government to pay for a drug to help prolong her life. Grace Mellalieu, who's from Buckley, North Wales, has Morquio syndrome, a life limiting disease of the metabolism that affects just one in 250,000 people. The little girl has been responding well to a trial drug, Vimizim, but the treatment could be withdrawn because of the cost to the NHS. Dr Simon Jones is Gracie's consultant at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

School's tribute to 11-year-old boy who died after suspected asthma attack

Eleven-year-old Kyle collapsed near his home. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Tributes have been paid to a schoolboy who died from a suspected asthma attack after heading out to play football with his friends.

Eleven-year-old Kyle Hall collapsed near his home in Hardman Street, Chadderton and later died at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

It is believed that the Manchester United fan, a former pupil at Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Chadderton who started at Newman College in September, had suffered a massive asthma attack.

A special assembly attended by 400 guests, including his friends and family, was held for Kyle at Corpus Christi on Monday.

Kyle was a hard working, well mannered and honest boy who was a friend to everyone. He always put other people before himself and set a brilliant example to the younger children in school.

“His respect for adults and those around him was exceptional. Always willing to help out where needed, Kyle was a total asset to Corpus Christi and no doubt continued to be one at Newman College.

"Teachers and other adults in school speak with high regard for Kyle, they found him a delight to teach, a boy who lived to do the very best he could in everything he did.”

– Chris Hanson, headteacher of Corpus Christi RC Primary School.

Five-year-old cancer patient Harley is a 'Little Star'

Harley with his toys at Manchester Children’s Hospital. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

A five-year-old boy from Manchester has created a superhero mask to help him face up to a gruelling three months of treatment as he battles a rare form of cancer.

Harley Renshaw is fighting cancer in his kidney, neck, lung and bones - but his Ninja Turtle mask makes him feel stronger while having his treatment.

Harley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare and aggressive childhood cancer Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Hospital staff were amazed when the youngster, from Stretford, asked if he could decorate the protective medical mask that holds him still while having the treatment.

Harley has now been awarded one of Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards which acknowledges the unique challenges faced by youngsters who encounter cancer.

Harley Renshaw is fighting cancer in his kidney, neck, lung and bones Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Harley has now been awarded one of Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards which acknowledges the unique challenges faced by youngsters who encounter cancer.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our boy.

"He has had such a lot to deal with, but he just takes it all in his stride and gets on with it. He is a true inspiration and he is our superhero.”

– Harley Renshaw's mum, Stacey.
Harley in his school uniform. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

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One million pound NHS fraud couple jailed

John Leigh was jailed for 44 months Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A couple who plotted to defraud the National Health Service by up to £1m by supplying equipment and services at exorbitant prices have been sentenced.

54 year old John Leigh and Deborah Hancox who is 45 of Bolton Road, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to conceal criminal property at an earlier hearing.

Today they have been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court. Leigh was sentenced to 44 months and Hancox to 24 months in prison.

The couple were involved in a seven-year conspiracy between January 2001 and October 2008 to supply goods and services to the NHS at inflated costs. It is thought the value of the fraud was more than £1m, with the couple pocketing about £300,000 from the scam.

Deborah Hancox was jailed for 24 months Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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