An operation which transplanted part of a boys rib into his windpipe has helped him breathe normally.
Plans to build a 300 million pound super hospital on Teesside have moved a step closer.
Thousands of people - including Foreign Secretary William Hague - attended a rally to protest about proposed cuts at the Friarage hospital.
The Newcastle Gateshead Alliance Clinical Commissioning Board are meeting today to discuss how to improve health care and services in the North East.
It comes after statistics showed that 182 "serious incidents" had occurred in the last 9 months at NHS trusts across the region, which is around 5 incidents a week.
This also follows on from 7 "never events' that have occurred in our region in less than a year.
Ear, nose and throat surgeon Steven Powell has described how he used part of a seven year old boy's rib to widen his windpipe and allow him to breathe more easily. The operation on Ethan Wiseman from North Shields has allowed the boy to lead a normal life.
Seven year old Ethan Wiseman from North Shields was born with a defective larynx. During surgery, at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle, pieces of cartilage from his ribs were placed into his windpipe to widen the airway.
A child remains in a 'serious but stable condition' in hospital following a three car crash on the A1. It happened at half past ten last night, northbound, between Scotch Corner and Darlington. Three people were injured and the child was airlifted to The James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough
An operation has used part of a child's rib to widen his windpipe and help him breathe.
When seven year old Ethan Wiseman from North Shields was born his larynx hadn't fully opened, affecting his breathing. During surgery at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle pieces of cartilage from Ethan's ribs were placed into his windpipe to widen the airway.
Ethan was in the intensive care unit of the hospital for a week but is now back at home. His mother Sonia said: "He's become a totally different boy. He talks non-stop and is so outgoing. It's lovely to see him able to play for as long as he likes."
At the weekend Newcastle United players were thrilling their fans down in Manchester.
Today (Decembeer 10) they were bringing a smile to the faces of children at a Tyneside hospital
Five of the players gave out presents on the children's ward of North Tyneside hospital.
Derek proud reports.
Newcastle United's Stephen Taylor explains why he, and several team mates, made a Christmas visit to North Tyneside Hospital.
Newcastle United's Steven Taylor delighted patients, parents and staff when he, together with several team mates, descended on North Tyneside hospital for a Christmas visit.
Three hospitals in the North East will be investigated over links to Jimmy Savile, the government confirmed.
The RVI in Newcastle, the Dryden hospital and Whitby Memorial hospital are among 19 to be investigated over links to the serial sex attacker.
It brings the total number of hospitals to 32.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said he expected reports examining visits by the late DJ to those hospitals to be completed by June 2014.