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Having a brain tumour is like 'living with a time bomb'

The UK's first Research Centre of Excellence into low grade brain tumours opened at Plymouth University today.

It's been part-financed by the charity Brain Tumour Research. It will focus on taking research out of the laboratory and into drug testing and clinical trials.

Sandra Bayly's daughter has a brain tumour. She describes it as like living with a time bomb.


Plymouth baby becomes first to receive life-changing surgery

Baby becomes first to receive life-changing surgery for spina bifida

A baby from Plymouth has become the first in the UK to receive life-changing surgery for spina bifida.

Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spinal cord and surrounding bones, which leaves a gap or split in the spine.

Frankie Lavis was diagnosed with the condition whilst still in the womb. Her parents, Gina Beddoe Dan Lavis from Devonport in Plymouth, found out during a 19-week scan at Derriford Hospital.

A doctor at the hospital helped arrange the surgery - which was carried out in Belgium, but funded by the NHS.

Baby Frankie was born at Derriford Hospital and is now 11 weeks old.

11 week old Frankie with her parents and hospital staff


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