First sight­ing since heart surgery

Mayor Don Waugh tells of his health is­sues

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE man with a big heart never thought the old ticker would ever let him down, and he wants ev­ery­one to know it can hap­pen to any­one.

Mayor DonWaugh’s first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since open heart surgery was in Eidsvold on the week­end and it was a great day to get out.

A 125-year an­niver­sary of a lo­cal school was enough to get CrWaugh re­con­nect­ing with his com­mu­nity and that com­mu­nity was happy to see him.

“Don would not ac­cept that there was any­thing wrong with his heart and even when he was hav­ing an an­giogram to as­sess his prob­lem he wouldn’t watch the mon­i­tor and he just dozed off to sleep,” wife Carmel Waugh said.

“From two nights un­able to sleep be­cause he couldn’t get his breath, to a week of tests, and then the fun be­gan.”

“I was sent to car­di­ol­o­gist Dr An­dre Con­radie with­out any pain or heart dam­age,” CrWaugh said.

“But the tests showed that I needed a bit of a tune-up around the valve area and there was no turn­ing back.

“When they got me down in Bris­bane, it was all taken out of my hands and I just had to do as I was told.”

CrWaugh had tests this week and is set for a few months of light du­ties be­fore get­ting back into it after Christ­mas.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

DON’S BACK: North Bur­nett Mayor DonWaugh makes an ap­pear­ance at the Eidsvold State School‘s 125-year an­niver­sary. Well-wish­ers were pleased to see CrWaugh back on deck after re­cent heart surgery.

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