31/10/2016 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


31/10/2016

How opportunities were missed to stop a head teacher who abused boys in his care for decades. Lucy Hester finds out why thousands of schools could become academies.


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Good evening. Tonight we brhng you the story of the man whose life was

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saved by three complete str`ngers. Welcome to Inside Out. I'm Paul

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Hudson. Late in the programle, we will hear about a man who collapsed

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while running, but then destiny intervened. I thought he was gone. I

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really thought he was dead. Also tonight, the missed chances to stop

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a headteacher abusing children. You couldn't scream and say, get off me,

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because he had the power. And later in the programme, one girl's battle

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against all the is. More than 200 men say that they were

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abused as children at Saint Williams approved school in East Yorkshire.

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Today in a test case, five of them started a civil claim for

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compensation. Inside Out has discovered the Catholic Church had

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several chances to investig`te the abuse, but failed to act. C`roline

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Bilton has this. It was a home for troubled

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boys, but some who came here left more damaged

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than when they first arrived. I live with it every

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day until I die. Nigel was one of 2,000 children

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who was sent to the St Williams approved school

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near Market Weighton. St Williams is to me the biggest

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single home where boys were abused These were supposed to be

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religious people, respected, There have been three

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police investigations The former principal James Carragher

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is currently serving his thhrd prison sentence for physically

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and sexually abusing The school's chaplain,

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Anthony McCallen, was sentenced in January for also

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abusing boys in the home. But despite this, campaigners feel

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they're still not being heard. It was all pushed under a c`rpet

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for every victim. It's been a long time coming,

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but today they got what thex've been waiting for - the start of one

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of the biggest compensation claims against the Catholic church

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in the UK. The home was run by the brothers

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of the Catholic De La Salle order on behalf of the Middlesbrotgh

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Diocese. According to the De La Salld

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website, the brothers were "committed to the ideals

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of Christian education to whom the future could

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safely be entrusted". Tonight, however, we can reveal how

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the abuse started in the 1970s, and those who ran St Willials had

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numerous chances to But their failure to do so leant

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boys continued to be This is where we used to cole up,

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play, enjoy ourselves. Nigel Feeley grew up

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in Bramley in Leeds. Up until the age of 12,

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he had a happy childhood. My friend had a pigeon

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hut and we used to stay in there and talk about lifd,

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you know, what we're going to do, I didn't deserve what they did

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to me. It was after stealing some sweets

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from a local factory that Nhgel He was 13 when he was sent

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to St Williams, where he was beaten They were the most evilest people

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I have met in my life. He used to take us swimming,

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so of course you go into the swimming area

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and you get undressed. So you think you're going to put

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trunks on, but he says He's got children all lined up

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like soldiers with nothing on. I thought it really strange

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when he started coming You couldn't scream at him

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and say go away get off me In 2004, James Carragher was found

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guilty of abusing Nigel during his time at the home

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in the early 1970s. Carragher had joined

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St Williams in 1968. He was promoted to principal

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a year later. But I've seen court documents

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which state that James Carr`gher was being investigated

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as early as 1970. There's little detail,

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but what we know is that on the 6th of April,

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an "incident" was investigated by what's described in the documents

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as a sub-committee of managdrs. It concluded, "Brother James

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is a conscientious and useftl member of the staff,

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and having expressed his regret Carragher himself said in court last

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year that his first sexual He further admitted the abuse

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continued up to 1980. When questioned by Oliver S`xby QC

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about his last act of abuse, Asked why that was the last time,

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he said, "because I was discovered". When asked if he was challenged

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about the abuse in 1980, Asked if there were

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any sanctions. Oliver Saxby then says: "Let us be

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frank ? you got away with it." If a person with more scruples had

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got in earlier and done a proper investigation, Carragher wotld have

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been kicked out of the placd The court heard how

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it was James Carragher himself who brought

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in the Catholic Child Welfare Society to

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investigate the allegation. A process set out in this ldtter

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sent in 1992 to the then It says reporting of incidents came

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through the principal. In other words, for 14 years

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allegations were dealt with by the very man

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who was carrying out the abtse. He had a gold card to

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sexually abuse children. Not only did James Carragher get

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away with it, he was allowed to continue in his role as principal

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for a further ten years. On his retirement, James Carragher

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was awarded the highest pap`l award. Within a year of receiving this

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he was being investigated This man worked at the

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home for many years. He's asked that we conceal his

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identity. He says it was common practhce

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for James Carragher and othdrs Both him and Father McCallen

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and possibly other brothers As long as we knew where thdy were,

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there were no concerns raisdd. There was other brothers cale

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and visited quite regularly, and they would take children

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out on occasions. The deputies were all strong

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Catholics, so it was a bit of a clique, was the senior

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management structure. We know questions were being asked

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about James Carragher's conduct as early as 1970,

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and those running the home continued to be alerted to his

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behaviour into the 1980s. I've seen a written testimony

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from a child in 1983 which describes how James Carragher hit the boy

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on the head with his fist then dragged and kicked him and pulled

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him down a flight of stairs. On this occasion, James Carragher

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was subjected to an internal disciplinary hearing

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and was given a warning, but despite this, four months later

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he assaulted another boy. It was a perfect opportunitx

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for abuse. They had complete control

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of the situation. But if someone knew these

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investigations were taking place, they must have had an inkling that

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something was going wrong. Decades may have passed,

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but many of the boys who cale to St Williams are still tormented

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by their time there. Those acting on behalf

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of the victims say there have been This lady says her partner

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was haunted by his memories of the home right up to his death

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three months ago. He'd go from like crying

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uncontrollably, literally tdars just dropping off his face,

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and then real anger. He'd be like walking around

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with his fists clenched. It were like a life

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sentence for him. The torment for some has bedn

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compounded by the fact that they feel they've

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never been believed. Darren Furness went

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to St Williams in 1985. He's now leading a campaign calling

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for a public inquiry He's gathered nearly 100,000

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signatures. Arena we need some answers. Lets

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hope you get them. I've had people crying

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on my shoulder about it wanting to give me a cuddle and sayhng,

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"You're so brave." It's about getting recognithon

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of what has gone on and somdbody to hold their hand up

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and accept responsibility The abuse at St Williams

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is not unique. There are six other schools

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in the UK which were run by the Catholic De la Salle Order

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where historic child sex abtse We're dealing with a hideous

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organisation. It's the Catholic church

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defending its reputation and itself. Neither the Diocese of Middlesbrough

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or the De La Salle have responded to these allegations,

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but in statements the De La Salle offered an "unreserved

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apology" to those "affected" They say they "deeply

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regret what happened". The Diocese says "these

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offences are historic" and are a "matter of profound

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regret" for which they "apologise". Both reiterated that they now have

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"robust" safeguarding They've waited 12 years

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for the civil case for If successful, it could lead

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to payouts of millions of pounds. But for Nigel, what he wantdd more

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than anything cost nothing. Something he still feels he is

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waiting for. The Catholic church who are supposed

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to love people, to protect, I've never had a proper

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apology, a sincere apology. Some believe those

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answers will never come. And if you have got a story you

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think we might like to cover, you can get in touch on Facebook or on

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Twitter. Coming up on Insidd Out: The man who collapsed while running

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a race, but who was saved bx strangers.

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Jessica Simpkin's battle with brain tumours began

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The odds then of her surviv`l were extremely low, but Jess,

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who's from Rainworth in Nottinghamshire, has

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continued to defy the experts despite recurring cancers.

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Now in her 20s, Jess was recently diagnosed

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But new treatment in Sheffidld may offer her some hope.

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Are you making your wish? Yds! You can't tell anybody.

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Jess is wonderful, funny, whtty quite charming and so, so c`ring.

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She cares more about other people than she does herself.

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I used to think it was very unfair, but now I just take life as it comes

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To come through everything she's been through and to face thd next

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step that she needs to go through, she's exceptional.

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There are two smaller ones tp here, they are only small, but shd is

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young, so there is potential for it to grow.

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She's going to keep fighting it and fighting it as long

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as she possibly can, and that's what we all do.

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A lifetime of brain tumours, but Jess Simpkin isn't beatdn yet.

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Now the scans show she's facing her biggest challengd so far.

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Aged four, Jess was diagnosdd with a medulloblastoma,

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an aggressive and malignant brain cancer.

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Early warning signs of chronic headaches and sickness

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The odds were stacked 70/30 against Jess's

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She was so young and I'd never been in this situation

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before and I didn't know if I was going to get Jess back

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Making it to her teens was considered exceptional.

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Then on her 19th birthday, another tumour.

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Now, ten years on, five more are growing

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Being told when you were little you weren't going to survivd

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and now reaching 29 and I'vd beat it all up to now.

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Jess has learned to live with learning difficulties

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She's missed out on teen stuff her peers take for gr`nted.

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But she's alive, and she knows how to keep her carer

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It's lovely coming to see hdr, it really is.

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Jess has been a regular pathent at the Queen's Medical Centre

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She even jokes she has her own room here.

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Now she's fundraising for the Children's Brain Tulour

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I want to help people who'vd had tumours and are going to get them

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so they get diagnosed earlidr and don't go through what I have.

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Aged four, Jess was part of an international trial

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into combined chemo and radiotherapy.

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They now know it was that sdven weeks of radioactive exposure

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which caused the tumours she continues to have.

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She has had to tackle a lot of things, and if we can halve the harm

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of our treatment of the tumours I think that will be a step forward.

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500 children a year are diagnosed with brain tumours in the UK.

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Conventional surgery is no longer an option for Jess, though.

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Going back into her brain could cause more damage and risk

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the strokes she's already begun to have.

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We know the tumours are growing and we know we have to treat them

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now because radiation-inducdd tumours in someone young

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And it is only a matter of time before they start pressing on the

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brain and giving her a serious problem.

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This is the only treatment we can try.

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Yes, but there's no guarantde this will kill them.

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I know, but what do we do, Jess At the end of the day, we know they are

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growing, and if we don't do anything about it, what is going to happen?

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I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.

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The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield is home

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to the National Centre for Gamma Knife Radiosurgerx.

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Here they treat the rare and more complex cases.

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She knows the risks and has been making plans which she's

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I don't know anyone that's had party poppers!

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If they don't, there will be trouble.

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I want it to be my funeral, not somebody else's idea

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How she sees life and how she wants to get things sorted is just

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It's the hardest thing, handing over your daughter,

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but hopefully she will wake up and she will be just fine.

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Jess has asked to be put to sleep before the frame which guidds

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It is focused, it doesn't touch the rest of the brain but only

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The scan that we were looking at this morning was from last xear so

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it may be that they have grown a bit in that time, so we need to see what

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they are like today and plan the treatment from today's imaghng. They

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are small, but they were definitely not there on the original scan.

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The team have discovered a new area they're not happy with.

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Instead of five tumours, they're targeting six areas instead.

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She's always relied on mum for strength and support,

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and this time we can't be with her it's hard.

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Just think of life that is fun. You can't let it beat you. You have to

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beat it, really. You need to keep the strength up,

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and you can get through it. It is not going to beat you. You're going

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to beat it. Every time it comes I will fight it with all my mhnd.

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Alan Ford from Barnsley lovds his running. One weekend back in July he

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was taking part in a 14 mild race in Northumberland, but within sight of

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the finish line, he suddenlx collapsed. The Khalifa him, a group

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of strangers were on hand to bring him back to life. -- Ella Kdlly for

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him. Coming up to the finishing line and

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seeing your husband lying on the sand, sudden panic.

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In effect I've been dead for ten minutes, and without the help

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of the people on the beach, that would've been a completely

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I checked his circulation and he didn't have a pulse.

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This is the story of a remarkable rescue.

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The Northumberland Coastal Run is under way between Beadnell

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More than five miles of it is actually ran

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Depending on the tides, some years it can be just

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13 and a half miles, but sometimes it's more

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But for Barnsley Harrier Al`n, it shouldn't have been too difficult.

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Alan is obviously a very good runner.

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He was due to finish in arotnd about an hour and a half,

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The winner was only ten minutes ahead of him.

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Alan geared himself up for the race at home in South Yorkshire.

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Having done it before, I knew what to expect.

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I'd had a few issues with what I thought was a chest

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infection prior to it, but I thought that I could lanage

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But that chest infection turned out to be something much more sdrious.

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The event of me actually collapsing, I've got no recollection of it.

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Luckily for Alan they were hn the right place at

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He didn't put his arms out to stop himself.

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And then a guy called Phil was running past us at the time

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He was breathing, but he wasn't breathing normally.

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So that was a worrying sign to start with.

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So I moved on, I checked his airway and breathing.

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I checked his circulation and he didn't have a pulse.

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So we got him onto his back and started chest massage.

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Can somebody ring 999? One linute gone.

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We continued that until the defibrillator came

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I was delighted to have won the race.

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And it was on my warm down when I come across Alan

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and all these people panickhng, shouting for help.

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The important thing with resuscitation is you rdcognize

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somebody's had a cardiac arrest that you get help early bec`use of

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that ? so that's the first stage in the chain of survival.

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The next thing is you have prompt starting of chest compressions,

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then defibrillation as soon as it's available.

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So having already run for more than an hour,

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Carl had to sprint back to the finish line again.

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And six minutes felt like shx hours, to be honest with you.

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It was quite impressive watching the guys club together as a little

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I just thought, there's no way they can bring him back.

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But when they put the defib on him and it zapped him,

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and then eventually he started kicking again.

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Within ten minutes, the Great North Air Ambulance had

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As I came off the road I he`rd somebody say watch out

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And I could see Alan and a lot of people attending to him.

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Alan was transferred to the cardiothoracic

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centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

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And you can see here that hhs right coronary artery was normal.

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But his left coronary artery was not normal.

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It was blocked, and was almost certainly responsible for the MCI

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and the subsequent cardiac `rrest that he'd had on the beach.

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I don't think I realized th`t he'd had a full on heart attack

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until I was sat in the waithng room at the hospital.

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And then it dawned on me, this is a big deal.

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The first thing I remember is actually waking up

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on the hospital ward, seeing my wife Kelly and nurses

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and just really wondering what had happened to me.

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Having a cardiac arrest, my heart not beating for ten minutes,

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it doesn't really seem that real to me sitting here right now.

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But obviously that's what's happened to me,

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so in effect I've been dead for ten minutes.

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And without the help of the people on the beach and the air ambulance

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and the hospital in Newcastle, then that would've been

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Around a third of people in the UK have underlying cardiovascular

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So while it might seem unlikely, heart attacks

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Our average age of somebody having a myocardial infarction

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is usually in their 60s, 70s or 80s.

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We do occasionally get younger patients, so whilst

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it's uncommon or rare, we do see it.

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Of course he had no risk factors really for MCI

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He ate well, he ran a lot, so it was unusual,

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It was only because of the good fortune and the skill

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of his colleagues who were running along with him that he survhved that

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day, and was able to get to us to have his arteries fixed.

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So we didn't actually save his life per se,

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that had already happened on the beach.

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It's time for Alan to say thank you to those extraordinary

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Nice to see you. You look rdmarkably well. I feel fantastic, to be

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honest. It's amazing I'm able to talk

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you today and see you all. When I saw you up on that

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path after I hadn't I know you were asking me

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is he all right, but I just had no idea cos nobody had told me,

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so yeah, I mean I'd have probably given

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you a big kiss and a hug. Looks completely different

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since the last time I seen him. He really was ill that day

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so you think, even if he dods make So to see him ? he's

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made a full recovery. It's a lot more emotional

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than I was expecting. I don't think I'd really prdpared

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myself for how I'd feel tod`y. It's a bit emotional,

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to be honest, coming I'm in admiration, really,

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for what they did for me. It's nice to be able

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to shake their hand and just Talk about being in the right place

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at the right time! That's it from us, in fact, that is it frol this

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series. We will be back in the New Year. Hope you can join us then

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Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire presented by Paul Hudson.

Caroline Bilton reveals how opportunities were missed to stop a head teacher who abused boys in his care for decades, Lucy Hester finds out why thousands of schools could become academies, and we hear the story of a man whose heart stopped while he was running a race, and of his remarkable rescue by three strangers.


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