Rapeewan Parcell and her baby daughter
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Seaweed therapy used to save mother and baby

26 October 2012 Last updated at 22:52 BST

Doctors in Hull have saved the life of a pregnant woman and her baby with a pioneering treatment that uses fibre from seaweed.

Rapeewan Parcell from Bridlington was diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition called pre-eclampsia.

Mrs Parcell lost six pints of blood after giving birth. Instead of using conventional drugs, medical staff at Hull Royal Infirmary applied the vegetation to help stem the bleeding.

Sarah Corker reports.