She Was Told To Say Goodbye To Her Baby—But After This Widow Held Her Child In Her Arms, A Miracle Happened

After five years of struggling with infertility, Sarah Rodriguez and her husband, Joel were overjoyed when she was finally able to conceive through IVF. But the birth of their son, Milo, was bittersweet. Three days after their little boy came into the world, the couple learned that Joel, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Stage 3 kidney cancer, was no longer in remission. Continue reading “She Was Told To Say Goodbye To Her Baby—But After This Widow Held Her Child In Her Arms, A Miracle Happened”

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Organ removal scandal widens

The row over the removal of organs from dead children deepened yesterday as it emerged that the practice had been routine at hospitals across the country.

Amid growing demands for a full-scale inquiry into the practice, eight of the top 10 NHS hospital trusts admitted removing tissue and organs from dead children without the parents’ express consent. Continue reading “Organ removal scandal widens”

World first use of gene-edited immune cells to treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia

A new treatment that uses ‘molecular scissors’ to edit genes and create designer immune cells programmed to hunt out and kill drug resistant leukaemia has been used at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

The treatment, previously only tested in the laboratory, was used in one-year-old, Layla, who had relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). She is now cancer free and doing well.

This breakthrough comes from GOSH and UCL Institute of Child Health’s (ICH) pioneering research teams with support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Great Ormond Street Biomedical Research Centre, who together are developing treatments and cures for some of the rarest childhood diseases.

Chemotherapy successfully treats many patients with leukaemia but it can be ineffective in patients with particularly aggressive forms of the disease where cancer cells can remain hidden or resistant to drug therapy. Recent developments have led to treatments where immune cells, known as T-cells, are gathered from patients and programmed using gene therapy to recognise and kill cancerous cells. Multiple clinical trials are underway, but individuals with leukaemia, or those who have had several rounds of chemotherapy, often don’t have enough healthy T-cells to collect and modify meaning this type of treatment is not appropriate.

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Why doctors get it wrong about when you will die

Doctors use data and experience to give their best prognoses for fatal illnesses – but patients can live for months or even years. Here, a consultant explains why.

Ablind teenager with a brain tumour is at the centre of a UK court case that pits the hopes of his parents against medical opinion.

In February, doctors argued that the 18-year-old had no more than two weeks to live and that active treatment including chemotherapy and brain surgery would be futile. If his heart were to stop beating, he should not be resuscitated. Continue reading “Why doctors get it wrong about when you will die”

Blunders by doctors cost NHS £4million a week

Health service is paying out millions to compensate misdiagnosed patients.

The NHS is paying £4 million a week in compensation to patients who were misdiagnosed by doctors.

In the worst cases, where mistakes led to death or patients needing round-the-clock care, families have received £5 million each. But these sums do not include the extortionate fees charged by lawyers who sometimes try to claim more than 20 times the amount paid to patients. Continue reading “Blunders by doctors cost NHS £4million a week”

Sentenced to death on the NHS

Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors have warned.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.

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