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A hospital in the West is t`king part in pioneering research aimed
at improving the survival r`te of unborn baby twins.
Doctors at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol are studying
babies who are diagnosed with the potentially
life threatening "twin to twin transition syndrome".
The project could help save hundreds of lives.
Julia Causton reports.
These sisters are typical three-year olds.
But identical twins Eve and Amy had a complicated start to life.
We could tell that there was something different.
At the scan, there was a tension in the air.
And when they realised, when the consultants realisdd.
Jo's babies had twin to twin transfusion syndrome.
Potentially fatal, it affects twins who share a placenta.
They don't share blood equally.
One baby gets too much, the other doesn't get enough.
Jo needed an operation on her tiny unborn babies.
Without it, they had a less than 10% chance of survival.
I could feel movement, so I was hopeful that at le`st one
of them would survive the strgery.
I went in for the scan and within seconds,
he found two heartbeats.
So, it was...
I was really happy.
Eve and Amy eventually arrived nine weeks early.
Tiny but determined, now happy and healthy.
Their story is helping doctors who are sharing
information about the condition in a countrywide registry.
Saint Michael's, here in Brhstol, is one of nine hospitals
to join the registry.
Doctors are hoping it will help them to build a picture of twin to twin
transfusion syndrome, allowing them to compare cases
and find out which treatments offer the best outcomes.
We're very proud that our figures here are as good
as anywhere else in the world.
But it could still be better because not every
single baby will survive.
And some babies that do survive will be injured as a result of this.
So anything we can do to improve survival has got to be a good thing.
They are now hoping their experience can help others share
their happy ending.
A woman has died after the car she was driving collided with a tree
in Somerset last night.
The accident happened at around 7:30 yesterday evening by the Castle
of Comfort Inn, near East H`rptree.
Two passengers were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Meanwhile, 20 homes lost power after a car crashed
into an electricity pole in the village of Tickenham
early this morning.
The main road into Clevedon has been closed for much of the day.
Police are investigating after two Halloween parties
ended badly last night.
A 25-year-old man was found with serious head injuries
after a rave at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet.
He was taken to Southmead Hospital, where his condition is described
as life threatening.
In Swindon, three men have been arrested after a man was seriously
injured at another Halloween party.
The victim was left with he`d injuries after the assault
at Bottelino's Restaurant last night.
He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
In women's football, two West Country sides have been
promoted this weekend.
Bristol City Women clinched promotion back to Women's Stper
League One last night, after goalkeeper Caitlin Le`ch's
stoppage-time penalty save sealed a dramatic 3-2 win at promotion
rivals Everton Ladies.
And Yeovil Town Ladies are `lso up, after winning 2-0 away
at London Bees, with goals from Kayleigh Green and Nadia Lawrence.
Six of our men's sides were in action yesterday.
Bristol City remain in the Championship's top shx.
Tammy Abraham put them ahead with his first goal in five games.
But City conceded an injury time equaliser to draw 2-2 at Barnsley.
Rovers also let the lead slhp.
Matty Taylor put them ahead, but they let in two
without reply to go down 2-0 at home to Peterborough.
Swindon were thrashed 4-1 at League One leaders Scunthorpe.
And there were no goals between Yeovil and Grimsby.
Charlton drew 2-2 at home to Blackpool.
And a home draw, too, for Forest Green.
Held 1-1 by Dagenham and Redbridge, but they remain top
of the National League.
In rugby, Bath earned a dramatic victory away
at Exeter this afternoon.
The Chiefs were ahead until the 87th minute.
But Bath never gave up, and Semesa Rokuduguni
ran over a winning try right at the death.
Bath are now third in the Premiership.
No such joy for Bristol.
They lost 31-13 at home to Sale in a game they were desperate to win.
Bristol remain bottom of thd table.
And to make matters worse, Gavin Henson suffered a shotlder
injury during his comeback game
As we head into a new week, let s get the weather with Bee Tucker
Hello, good evening.
A few of us saw some brightness through today, and it's been
an exceptionally mild weekend.
That continues as we head through tonight and into thd start
of next week.
Tonight, a lot of cloud will start to reform in any holes.
I think we'll see some low cloud, mist and fog, too.
Perhaps a little bit cooler than recent nights.
Temperatures for many into single figures,
down at 7-8 Celsius.
Tomorrow, quite a grey start to the day.
Away from any mist and fog we should see some sunshine.
If you have got the fog, it could linger through the morning.
By the afternoon, most of us seeing quite a bit of sunshine.
Look at those temperatures , a good 4-5 degrees above
what you would expect for the time of year.
So another mild afternoon whth highs of around 17 Celsius.
Tuesday should be mild with early mist and fog.
It does turn cooler from thd middle part of the week onwards.
Enjoy your evening.
That's all from the Points West team for now.
I'm back in the ten o'clock news.
For now, have a lovely evenhng.