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.
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Icy first thing and windy, with wintry showers lingering further south, especially at the coast. Brighter elsehwere
Emma brings you Saturday's forecast
Longest spell of winter so far. Bitterly cold with further wintry showers