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A three-year-old boy who went to America for an operation

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to help him walk again is making good progress.

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Jacob Baird from Weston-super-Mare had surgery in the US

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It wasn't cheap and doctors say it's available in Bristol for much less.

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Our health correspondent, Matthew Hill, reports.

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After an operation in America last month, Jacob Baird is already

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Just to see him put one foot in front of the other

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without tripping up is just incredible.

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Jacob was born with cerebral palsy, which makes every step a struggle.

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But his parents heard about a surgeon from Missouri

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who had pioneered an operation to reduce the spasticity

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Called selective dorsal rhizotomy, or SDR, it involves testing

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which spinal nerves are causing the leg stiffness, and then

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The family has raised nearly ?90,000.

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The surgery itself was just over ?29,000, and then it's

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really the rehabilitation, physiotherapy, that costs the money.

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The operation was available here at the Children's Hospital,

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on the NHS, until April, as part of a national

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But until those results are evaluated, you can only get it

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here privately for around ?20,000, that's significantly less

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This Bristol surgeon learnt how to operate in America.

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Now he's taught doctors in Russia how to do it.

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He thinks it's better to have the operation close to home.

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I would be a bit concerned that you're having an operation thousands

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of miles away from your home, so if there are issues

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post-operatively, you've got a clinical team that really

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would have to look after you back in the UK, who wouldn't have a full

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understanding of what's gone on in the US.

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Jacob's parents say that there was never an in-depth discussion

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with doctors about having the operation privately in Bristol.

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They wanted to go to the surgeon who had the most experience,

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and who told them he'd developed more advanced surgery,

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something disputed by surgeons on this side of the Atlantic.

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This is his best shot at being able to walk independently.

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The Bairds are donating the extra money they've raised to other

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families but as more families look abroad for treatment,

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the NHS is going to have to give better information

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about its services, so parents don't have to find out

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Matthew Hill, BBC Points West, Weston-super-Mare.

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The maximum sentence for stalking in England and Wales is to double

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to ten years following a campaign by a Gloucestershire MP.

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Alex Chalk fought for an increase after one

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Dr Eleanor Aston was a GP in Abbeydale when a patient

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It lasted seven years and she became so anxious she gave up work

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and would hide behind the sofa rather than go outside.

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This is the culmination of a very long campaign but I think the really

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important thing is this sends a message out that protecting

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victims has got to be the first priority and the courts now

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have the powers they need to do that.

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I just want to pay tribute to Eleanor Aston who has

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Without her, this simply wouldn't have happened and I'm just

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A man who was allegedly attacked with acid in Bristol has died.

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Mark Van Dongen was injured on Ladysmith Road in

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Berlinah Wallace has been charged with throwing

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a corrosive fluid at him, with a trial due to start next week.

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But it was halted today after Mr Van Dongen's father,

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who lives in Belgium, confirmed his death.

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The trial is now due to start in April.

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There's a rise in domestic abuse at this time of year according

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to a Taunton-based charity and a growing number of men

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Paul Chivers from Wiltshire was abused by his wife for a decade,

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and is urging other victims to speak out.

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Paul Chivers suffered at the hands of his wife for ten years.

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She coerced, humiliated and isolated him, and she physically

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There was one incident where a painting was taken off

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My ex-wife split my head open, and I needed eight

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Since 2012, the number of male domestic abuse incidents

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being reported has increased across all our police forces.

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That shows more men are willing to come forward.

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But the Home Office says men are still far less likely

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The charity ManKind Initiative is based in Taunton.

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It has a campaign using actors and hidden cameras to show how

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quickly the public defend a woman being assaulted but in the same

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Gradually, the police, local councils and the local health

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services have started to realise and understand that men are victims

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Paul's wife was jailed for abusing him.

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He hopes by speaking out, he'll encourage others to avoid

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Now sport and double Olympic rowing champion Alex Gregory has

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decided enough is enough and announced his

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Alex, who's from Cheltenham, won Gold in the men's four at London

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2012 and defended that title in Rio last summer.

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In rugby, Bath lost in the last few minutes

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That makes it three defeats on the trot for them

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Bath trailed at half-time but then an early try

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This was followed by a better spell for the visitors

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But it wasn't enough and Newcastle finished strongly with this try,

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that was converted to give them the victory by two points.

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Have a lovely weekend, and I'll leave you with Ian

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We are in for a dry, or largely dry weekend.

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It will be one under a lot of cloud, both the case of Saturday

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and Sunday, extensive amounts of cloud, indeed, and fairly murky

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Having said that it will be comparatively mild, more

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For the rest of tonight, still patchy outbreaks of rain

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about, just drifting away slowly southwards.

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There will be a fair amount of dry weather generally

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by tomorrow morning, certainly further northwards

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and temperatures remain well above the territory

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About three to five Celsius by daybreak tomorrow.

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By that stage, still some hill fog around, still some outbreaks

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They will continue to be a feature across the likes of Exmoor

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Elsewhere, it is looking broadly dry.

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I doubt we're going to see anything in the way of brightness

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The winds will be light and all in all it should be a decent

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enough day for anything you are doing outdoors.

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Temperatures, getting up to about ten Celsius.

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They will drop back a little bit during the course of Sunday.

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Here's a look now at your national forecast.

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Good evening. The weather has been turning milder and also cloudier

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through the course of the day. We did see some clear spells moving in

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from the North will stop this was the sunset, captured in Dundee. Some

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clear spells as we headed through the course of the afternoon into the

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evening. Really, through the weekend, wiki with a similar theme.

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Much milder than it has been. A lot of cloud around in general, but for

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most of us think. Dry. Not dry everywhere at the moment,

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particularly across central and southern parts of England and Wales.

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We have a lot of cloud, bringing outbreaks of light rain and drizzle.

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The patchy rain will ease away slowly towards the south through

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tonight and further north across the country, drier conditions. Wherever

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you are, it's pretty cloudy. Mostly frost free to start the weekend, but

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there could be frost across the central glens of Scotland. A chilly

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start, but quite a lot of cloud, some pockets of Mr Ness as we work

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our way south across parts of northern England, Northern Ireland

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and Wales. Heading further south across England

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