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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 Transfusion Syndromd.
The project could help saves 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 near to the Castle
of Comfort Inn near East Harptree.
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
with badly last night.
A 25-year-old man was found with serious head injuries
after a rave at the Bath and West show ground in Shepton Malldt.
He was taken to Southmead hospital where his condition is described
as life threatening.
In Swindon three men have bden arrested after a man was seriously
injured at another Halloween Party.
The man was left with head 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 with a dramatic 3-2
win at Everton Ladies.
And Yeovil Town Ladies are `lso up, after winning 2-0
away at London Bees.
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.
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.
Let's get the weather now with Bee Tucker.
We have had some sunshine through today, and as we he`d
through tonight for the rest of this evening, we have got some mhst,
low cloud and fog forming.
A fairly murky night once again
Temperatures rurally could sneak down into single figures.
One or two spots could get down to seven or 8 degrees.
Away from any mist and fog tomorrow morning, a bright start.
But if you have got fog and mist, it could well linger
through the morning.
By lunchtime, most places sdeing some decent spells sunshine,
quite a bit of the cloud will start to clear.
I think we will see a bright afternoon, staying mild,
with highs of 16 or 17 degrdes.
Tuesday, I think we'll see some early mist and fog.
Another fairly mild day, though, with some brightness.
It turns cooler from Wednesday onwards, with a bit more sunshine,
but overnight frost.
Have a good night.
That's all from the Points West team for this evening.
We're back in Breakfast tomorrow morning.
But from me thanks for your company.
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