30/10/2016 Points West


30/10/2016

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Good evening.

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A hospital in the West is t`king part in pioneering research aimed

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at improving the survival r`te of unborn baby twins.

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Doctors at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol are studying

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babies who are diagnosed with the potentially

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life threatening "twin to twin transition syndrome".

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The project could help save hundreds of lives.

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Julia Causton reports.

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These sisters are typical three-year olds.

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But identical twins Eve and Amy had a complicated start to life.

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We could tell that there was something different.

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At the scan, there was a tension in the air.

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And when they realised, when the consultants realisdd.

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Jo's babies had twin to twin transfusion syndrome.

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Potentially fatal, it affects twins who share a placenta.

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They don't share blood equally.

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One baby gets too much, the other doesn't get enough.

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Jo needed an operation on her tiny unborn babies.

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Without it, they had a less than 10% chance of survival.

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I could feel movement, so I was hopeful that at le`st one

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of them would survive the strgery.

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I went in for the scan and within seconds,

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he found two heartbeats.

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So, it was...

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I'm sorry!

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I was really happy.

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Eve and Amy eventually arrived nine weeks early.

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Tiny but determined, now happy and healthy.

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Their story is helping doctors who are sharing

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information about the condition in a countrywide registry.

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Saint Michael's, here in Brhstol, is one of nine hospitals

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to join the registry.

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Doctors are hoping it will help them to build a picture of twin to twin

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transfusion syndrome, allowing them to compare cases

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and find out which treatments offer the best outcomes.

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We're very proud that our figures here are as good

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as anywhere else in the world.

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But it could still be better because not every

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single baby will survive.

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And some babies that do survive will be injured as a result of this.

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So anything we can do to improve survival has got to be a good thing.

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They are now hoping their experience can help others share

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their happy ending.

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A woman has died after the car she was driving collided with a tree

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in Somerset last night.

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The accident happened at around 7:30 yesterday evening by the Castle

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of Comfort Inn, near East H`rptree.

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Two passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

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Meanwhile, 20 homes lost power after a car crashed

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into an electricity pole in the village of Tickenham

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early this morning.

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The main road into Clevedon has been closed for much of the day.

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Police are investigating after two Halloween parties

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ended badly last night.

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A 25-year-old man was found with serious head injuries

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after a rave at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet.

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He was taken to Southmead Hospital, where his condition is described

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as life threatening.

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In Swindon, three men have been arrested after a man was seriously

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injured at another Halloween party.

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The victim was left with he`d injuries after the assault

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at Bottelino's Restaurant last night.

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He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

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In women's football, two West Country sides have been

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promoted this weekend.

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Bristol City Women clinched promotion back to Women's Stper

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League One last night, after goalkeeper Caitlin Le`ch's

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stoppage-time penalty save sealed a dramatic 3-2 win at promotion

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rivals Everton Ladies.

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And Yeovil Town Ladies are `lso up, after winning 2-0 away

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at London Bees, with goals from Kayleigh Green and Nadia Lawrence.

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Six of our men's sides were in action yesterday.

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Bristol City remain in the Championship's top shx.

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Tammy Abraham put them ahead with his first goal in five games.

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But City conceded an injury time equaliser to draw 2-2 at Barnsley.

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Rovers also let the lead slhp.

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Matty Taylor put them ahead, but they let in two

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without reply to go down 2-0 at home to Peterborough.

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Swindon were thrashed 4-1 at League One leaders Scunthorpe.

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And there were no goals between Yeovil and Grimsby.

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Charlton drew 2-2 at home to Blackpool.

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And a home draw, too, for Forest Green.

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Held 1-1 by Dagenham and Redbridge, but they remain top

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of the National League.

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In rugby, Bath earned a dramatic victory away

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at Exeter this afternoon.

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The Chiefs were ahead until the 87th minute.

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But Bath never gave up, and Semesa Rokuduguni

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ran over a winning try right at the death.

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Bath are now third in the Premiership.

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No such joy for Bristol.

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They lost 31-13 at home to Sale in a game they were desperate to win.

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Bristol remain bottom of thd table.

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And to make matters worse, Gavin Henson suffered a shotlder

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injury during his comeback game

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As we head into a new week, let s get the weather with Bee Tucker

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Hello, good evening.

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A few of us saw some brightness through today, and it's been

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an exceptionally mild weekend.

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That continues as we head through tonight and into thd start

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of next week.

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Tonight, a lot of cloud will start to reform in any holes.

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I think we'll see some low cloud, mist and fog, too.

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Perhaps a little bit cooler than recent nights.

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Temperatures for many into single figures,

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down at 7-8 Celsius.

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Tomorrow, quite a grey start to the day.

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Away from any mist and fog we should see some sunshine.

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If you have got the fog, it could linger through the morning.

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By the afternoon, most of us seeing quite a bit of sunshine.

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Look at those temperatures , a good 4-5 degrees above

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what you would expect for the time of year.

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So another mild afternoon whth highs of around 17 Celsius.

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Tuesday should be mild with early mist and fog.

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It does turn cooler from thd middle part of the week onwards.

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Enjoy your evening.

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That's all from the Points West team for now.

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I'm back in the ten o'clock news.

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For now, have a lovely evenhng.

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