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Mum's birthday card plea for son born with half a heart

The mother of a boy from Cornwall who was born with half a heart is asking people to send him birthday cards. Leanne Richards says the only mail that arrives for nine year-old Daniel at their home in St Austell is from the hospital. She's posted an appeal on Facebook.

Daniel will be nine on New Year's Day Credit: Leanne Richards/Facebook

" Daniel was born with only half a heart, his condition is called hypoplastic left heart syndrome which is a life limiting condition. Daniel will be 9 years old on New Year's Days. Daniel loves it when the postman comes - he goes to the door to see if there's any for him, but apart from hospital post he doesn't get any. So I am asking family and friends to send him a birthday card to put a big much needed smile on his face for his birthday."

– Leanne Richards, via Facebook

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Royal Cornwall Hospital put on 'Level 4' alert as a result of winter pressure on services

The Royal Cornwall Hospital is on a Level 4 alert. Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has been put on 'Level 4' alert as a result of pressure on services from a surge in patients over the winter.

The alert - which is the equivalent of what was previously known as 'Black Alert' - means patients are being urged not to come to hospital unless absolutely necessary.

The hospital has already declared and come out of Black Alert status six times this year.

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