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Family raise questions over daughter's death

Violet Herdman
Violet Herdman who died from whooping cough Credit: Family photograph

A mother whose young daughter died from whooping cough wants to know why she wasn't given a vaccine for the disease while she was pregnant.

Violet Herdman was only five weeks old when she died. Her parents Emma Sharp and Colin Herdman from Pegswood near Morpeth say they found out after Violet's death that pregnant women should be vaccinated.

The NHS Choices website says that the vaccine has been used routinely in pregnancy since October 2012. During that year 14 babies died from whooping cough before the vaccine was introduced during pregnancy.

Solicitors representing Violet's parents say the family has been left devastated and they hope Northumbria Healthcare Trust will work with them to provide answers which will help Emma and Colin come to terms with what has happened.

We are in touch with Violet's parents and are already fully investigating the circumstances surrounding their daughter's death. This investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


World champion Glenn McCrory says bad eyesight means he should never have been boxing

County Durham boxing champion Glenn McCrory says he should never have had a career in the sport because of serious problems with his eyesight.

The athlete, who became the North East's first boxing world champion in 1989, recently had eye surgery. He says he hid his poor eyesight because he was worried it would have a negative impact on his career. He was speaking at the opening of an eye clinic in Newcastle.

In his prime: Glenn McCrory boxing in 1985, four years before he became a world champion. Credit: PA

Boy hurt in cliff fall

A fifteen year old boy has been airlifted to hospital after falling down cliffs at Frenchman's Bay in South Shields. Emergency services including Tynemouth RNLI and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer were involved in the rescue. The teenager is being treated for leg injuries at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.


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