Jack Rooke: Football-mad boy denied surgery to help him walk, despite living just miles from specialist hospital

Football-mad boy, 4, denied surgery to help him walk, despite just living seven miles from specialist hospital that could treat him Jack suffers from spastic cerebral palsy, meaning muscle tightness in his legs makes it impossible for him to walkAn operation that cuts the faulty nerves in the spine could improve his conditionHowever, his NHS Trust has refused to fund it, despite Jack only living seven miles from the specialist hospital that performs the surgery | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 18 December 2012 A football-mad four-year-old boy has been refused an operation to enable him to walk and play his favourite sport due to an NHS postcode lottery. Jack Rooke suffers from cerebral palsy but a procedure available at a hospital just seven miles away could make a dramatic difference to his life. His family have now launched an appeal to raise 35,000 to pay for the surgery privately after his local NHS trust refused to provide funding.

The mother of a severely autistic girl makes a painfully honest confession

I love my disabled child – but I'd give my life to make her normal: The mother of a severely autistic girl makes a painfully honest confession Meg Henderson writes a reply to Dominic Lawson who said he would never want to 'cure' his daughter from Down's syndromeDaughter Louise is brain-damaged and autistic and mother says disability took an 'intolerable toll' on the familyAt 34, Louise is now settled in a special village in Fife where she receives dedicated care | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 28 November 2012 Most nights, for more years than I can remember, I have had the same dream.

Downton vs the Midwife at Christmas: ITV and BBC dramas will clash in big day"s rating battle

Downton vs the Midwife at Christmas: ITV and BBC dramas will clash in big day's rating battle The two shows are due to overlap for 15 minutes on Christmas Day Call the Midwife's 75-minute festive special is due to start at 8pm, while Downton Abbey will be broadcast at 9pm | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 27 November 2012 Get set to press record. Two of our favourite TV shows could be battling it out on Christmas Day. At 8pm, Call the Midwife fans will settle down to watch a 75-minute festive special on BBC1