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Devon man amputates own hand as a cry for help

Mark Goddard amputated his own hand Credit: ITV News West Country

A Devon man who'd been living with unbearable pain after a motorcycle accident, amputated his own hand as a cry for help.

Mark Goddard from Newton Abbot says amputating his arm above the elbow could stop the pain he suffers because of nerve damage.

He claims health services aren't taking him seriously. South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust say there's no evidence that amputation reduces pain.

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Campaign to wear purple for Henry Hallam

Campaign leaflet for Hugs for Henry appeal Credit: ITV News West Country

Schoolchildren in Plymouth have been helping to raise awareness of Neuroblastoma by wearing purple for a day. It's part of a campaign started by the parents of four-year-old Henry Hallam from Plymouth who has the childhood cancer.

The idea is to raise awareness, so the condition can be spotted early.

Hospital pioneering 'live' kidney donations

On ITV News West Country tonight at 6pm, we look at kidney donations from living donors. Most "live" donations are within families but there are a small number of altruistic donors who donate one of their kidneys to a person they don't know who's waiting on the transplant list.

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth is one of the pioneers of this type of transplant. Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird has been to watch one - watch her full report on tonight's programme.

Why a 23 year old had a double mastectomy

by Claire Manning

A 23 year old West Country woman has had a double mastectomy because she was so scared she would get cancer. Fiona Luscombe took the agonising decision after both her mother and grandfather both died from breast cancer.

The nursery worker decided to go ahead with the operation after discovering she too was carrying a hereditary cancer-carrying gene.

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Public Meeting To Discuss Cornish NHS Pay Cuts

West Cornwall MP Andrew George is holding a public meeting Credit: ITV Westcountry

People in Cornwall have the chance to question health chiefs about plans to introduce regional pay scales in the NHS at a public meeting this Friday (September 21st). It's been organised by West Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George.

He's concerned that abolishing national pay scales could lead to an exodus of health workers from Cornwall. The meeting called The Future Of The NHS In The West will take place at St John's Hall in Penzance at 7.30pm.

Transplant patient urges people to donate organs

A woman from Honiton is celebrating a year since she had a double lung transplant.

Twelve months ago Kirstie Tancock was on a life support machine.

Kirstie is calling on people to sign the organ donation register, as part of National Transplant Week.

A woman who had a double lung transplant is urging people to sign the organ donation register Credit: ITV Westcountry
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