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Doctors have given me the chance to finish the fight for justice for my son.

Byline: Dave Robson

Battling mum Theresa Cave today thanked medical teams for giving her "the chance to continue my fight for justice."

Theresa, of Burnmoor Close, Redcar, who is campaigning for intentional murderers' life sentences to mean life, was rushed into James Cook University Hospital suffering from stomach pains.

Ovarian cysts were diagnosed, only for surgeons to find a potentially life-threatening complication which needed immediate surgery.

But within 72 hours, the tenacious mum was back on her feet again, planning the next stage of her Meaning of Life campaign in memory of her late son, Chris, who was stabbed to death, aged 17, in a Redcar flat in 2003.

She said: "I'd been having back pain for a few weeks, but they thought it was kidney stones.

"Then I was round my mam's and it got so bad she had to call the emergency doctor.

"They sent an ambulance for me and I was rushed into James Cook.

"I was in complete agony - I thought I was going to die.

"They tell me it was very serious and could have been fatal."

Theresa, who will be 41 on Saturday, is full of praise for the surgeons who carried out the operation and the doctors and nurses who cared for her on the hospital's wards 19 and 23.

She said: "I can't thank them enough. With their care and quick-thinking, they literally saved my life.

"They have given me another chance to finish what I started and get justice for my son. I'm so grateful.

"I thought that was it - I wouldn't see my son Thomas again and the campaign in Chris's memory would be left up in the air.

"I'm stitched from hip to hip but at least I'm still here."

As well as launching her 'life to mean life' campaign, Mrs Cave has been credited for helping bring about a possible change in court procedures for murder cases, with victims' families to get the chance to address a judge before sentence is passed.

She is also involved nationally with SAMM - Support After Murder and Manslaughter.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2005
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