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School children swim for Harmonie-Rose

Donations for a baby who lost all her limbs to meningitis have continued to pour in. Money raised for 14 month old Harmonie-Rose has now reached £150,000. The family say they're overwhelmed by people's kindness and genoristy - which shows no signs of stopping.

A group of school children from Bath are preparing to swim 1,344 lengths of their school swimming pool tomorrow - the equivalent length of the English Channel. The Monkton Combe Prep School students say they were inspired to help Harmonie-Rose after hearing about her in a school assembly.


Historic Bath hospital saved by larger NHS Trust

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases was originally founded in 1738 Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath will be saved by a larger NHS trust after running into financial difficulty.

The specialist hospital provides leading rehabilitation and rheumatology care, including chronic pain and fatigue.

The hospital has suffered serious financial problems for some time due to its small size, housing only 25 beds.

"We were promised this" - Kingswood MP criticises delays over minor injuries unit

People living near Cossham Hospital say they were promised a minor injuries unit when the one at Frenchay closed Credit: ITV News

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has strongly criticised delays in building a minor injuries unit as Cossham hospital, even though it was promised five years ago.

He has told MPs that his constituents faced an awkward journey to Southmead because the unit had not been built, despite a well-supported public campaign.

Parents of toddler who died after surgery "still have many unanswered questions"

The parents of a toddler who died a day after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital say they still have many unanswered questions.

An inquest heard how Isabella Janew had been given two overdoses by doctors when she suffered a cardiac arrest in September 2013. But a coroner said the cause of death had been due to a congenital heart condition and recorded a narrative conclusion.

This means that the cause of death is recorded without attributing the cause to a named individual.

Here are Isabella's parents speaking after the inquest:


Third day of inquest into toddler death

16 month old Isabella Janew died in September 2013 after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: Family

An inquest is expected to conclude today into the death of a 16 month old girl from Gloucester who died after heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital.

The hearing learned yesterday that doctors spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate Isabella Janu. A consultant at the hospital said there was so much blood coming out of her lungs they couldn't revive her.

Intensive care doctor calls toddler's death one of the most distressing events of his life

An intensive care doctor has told an inquest that Isabella Janew's death was one of the most distressing events of his life.

An inquest heard how doctors spent 40 minutes carrying out CPR on Isabella when she went into cardiac arrest for the second time on 10th September 2013 at Bristol Children's Hospital.

But Dr Peter Davis said when they started chest compressions there was tonnes of blood coming out of her lungs and they struggled to ventilate her.

He said he didn't understand what caused Isabella to go into cardiac arrest.

Nurse tells inquest of toddler's final moments

A nurse has been describing how she sat stroking the hair of a toddler to comfort her moments before her heart stopped beating.

An inquest heard how Isabella Janew's eyes rolled back as she was being comforted by nurse Cheryl Lewis in the Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Children's Hospital.

The nurse said within seconds her heart dropped and she shouted for help. She told the inquest how doctors began chest compressions while she helped with Isabella's breathing. But the 16-month-old never recovered.

The day before Isabella has been admitted for an operation to widen her narrow heart artery. She suffered a cardiac arrest during the operation and was then taken to Intensive Care where she was looked after by nurse Cheryl Lewis.

During the inquest her parents said they had seen their daughter's blood pressure levels fluctuate and drop. They said when they voiced concerns Cheryl Lewis turned the monitor away.

Today the nurse told the inquest that she had turned the screen away to concentrate on Isabella and had called a doctor over when she noticed her low blood pressure, who had given her medication to stabilise it.

But during the inquest the nurse admitted she had never seen signs of an abnormal heart beat on a monitor, something known as an ST depression. But when analysing the print outs from the machine showing Isabella's last half hour, the nurse admitted her heart had at times shown it was in distress but said it was so fleeting she hadn't noticed it on the monitor. She told the inquest that although she had never seen an ST depression in real life she said she felt her training was adequate enough to recognise it.

The inquest continues.

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