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Documentary about boy’s bionic hand

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Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.40.20A YOUNG Swansea boy recently appeared on a BBC One Wales documentary which premiered at 8.30pm on Monday (Mar 14).

The documentary follows Alan Gifford from Loughor, near Swansea, as he embarks on an amazing journey to become the first child in Wales, and second youngest person in the world, to receive a state of the art bionic hand.

Alan was born with hands, but during his early years he underwent almost 40 different operations to fix his heart defect.

At the age of 3, after medical complications, his mother Hannah Jones had to make the agonising decision to have his hands amputated to save his life.

Alan is now a happy ten-yearold boy, but Hannah realised that he needed something to help him achieve the independent life he was looking for. After some extensive research, she came across a company in Livingstone, Scotland, who manufacture state-of-the-art ‘i-limb quantum’ multi-articulating bionic hands in a small enough size to fit children such as Alan.

Initial costs for the hand amounted to £30,000, so Hannah set up a charity to raise the funds needed for Alan’s bionic hand.

In late 2015, the family travelled to Scotland from their Swansea home so Alan could begin the process of fitting the hand and learning how to control it.

A few months later, Alan’s life has dramatically changed. He is able to do many more of the things he couldn’t do before and his dream of learning to ride a bike has finally been realised.

Alan visited the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre to experience what it would be like to hand-feed the birds before and after the completion of his procedure. He was overjoyed to find that on his return trip, ducks and geese waddled up to him to feed out of his new bionic hand.

‘The Boy with No Hands’ was recently launched at the Llanelli Centre on Sunday March 13. Alan attended the event in the afternoon, along with his family and the production crew of his documentary.

The documentary launch offered opportunities to talk to the Gifford family and production crew about the documentary and their journey so far, with an amazing chance to shake hands with a brave little boy and his bionic hand.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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