Plans have been announced to build a new £2 million centre where parents can stay when their children are having heart surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The proposed centre is being seen as a sign of confidence in the future of the Children's Heart Unit at the hospital.
Watch Derek Proud's report here:
More top news
Relegation issues could be settled for a host of North East clubs at the weekend - with Hartlepool in danger of going out of the league
Former Tyne Tees news presenter Mike Neville is among four new people to be honoured on NewcastleGateshead’s “Walk of Fame”.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging householders to take extra care following a rise in fires which have started outside and spread to homes.