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Challenge doctors' diagnoses, urge grieving parents

Mackenzie Cackett met the Duchess of Cambridge before his death in 2012.

The family of a four-year-old boy from Essex - who died from cancer that was not spotted soon enough - are urging parents to challenge doctors about their diagnoses.

MacKenzie Cackett met the Duchess of Cambridge at his hospice shortly before he died in 2012.

Addenbrooke's and Colchester Hospitals, where he was treated, have now admitted the first tumour should have been found earlier.

Bikers dressed as Santa bring Christmas cheer to hospital kids

Hundreds of motorcyclists have taken part in a toy run in Cambridgeshire delivering presents to sick children at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

They rode from Anglesey Abbey into Cambridge with a police escort, to give gifts to youngsters who will have to stay in the hospital over Christmas.

Organiser Peter Vasey said: "Bikers enjoy doing this kind of thing - you'll find bike runs all over the country for various different hospitals at Easter and Christmas. I hadn't been able to find one since I moved here and this year I thought if there isn't one on, I'll give it a go."

The visit had been organised with the help of the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust and each rider brought a gift for a sick child.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes


Hospital cash for Cambridge to treat ex-military personnel

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge is to get more funding to treat ex-military personnel Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge is among NHS centres across the country set to benefit from additional funding to improve prosthetic and rehabilitation services for ex-servicemen and women.

Addenbrooke’s Rehabilitation Clinic will benefit from a total £11 million made available by the Government over the next two years to ensure veterans are able to access a high level of prosthetic and rehabilitation care.

It's similar to that which the Armed Forces provides for men and women currently serving in the army, navy and air force.


One dead after three cars collide with farm vehicle

Thames Valley Police say a man's died after a collision at Ledburn in Buckinghamshire. The crash involved a farm vehicle and three cars. One car driver, a 46-year-old man, was killed, the other two drivers are in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge with serious injuries.

Police want to speak to anyone who was driving along the road around the time of the collision. Officers would also like to trace a man who stopped just after the collision and spoke to the driver of the farm vehicle. They believe he was driving a blue or grey medium-sized hatchback.

Sergeant Jim Lovell of the Joint Roads Policing Unit based at Three Mile Cross can be contacted via the 24-hour police enquiry centre on 101. To contact Crimestoppers anonymously call 0800 555 111 or visit

Black box helps stop spread of MRSA

The technology uses DNA profiling to help spot bacteria Credit: ITV Anglia

Scientists based at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge are building a device to help stop infections spreading on hospital wards.

The black box uses DNA profiling to help spot bacteria. In an early test at the Rosie Maternity Hospital it helped stop an outbreak of the MRSA superbug.

The technology could be available within a few years.

Cambridge doctors' invention could prevent blindness

An invention by doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridge University could revolutionise the way children's vision is tested.

Their design tracks children's eye movements on a TV screen. It could help prevent blindness by detecting early problems with peripheral vision caused by conditions such as brain tumours.

Kidz eyez has already won an NHS innovation award and Addenbrooke's hope it could soon be arriving at a hospital near you.

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