Rea­sons to help straight from heart

Melville Times - - News -

AF­TER spend­ing 36 years work­ing at the Univer­sity of WA Med­i­cal School and Depart­ment of Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, Peta Locke ap­pre­ci­ates the im­por­tance of re­search.

The Booragoon res­i­dent spent part of that time as sec­re­tary to Pro­fes­sor Neville Stan­ley, the fa­ther of cel­e­brated epi­demi­ol­o­gist and child and ma­ter­nal health re­searcher Fiona Stan­ley.

Re­tired, but still de­ter­mined to con­trib­ute to the growth of med­i­cal knowl­edge, Mrs Locke be­gan door­knock­ing for the Heart Foun­da­tion in 2003.

Since then, she has col­lected nearly $5000 dur­ing the an­nual Septem­ber ap­peals, and in 2009 re­ceived an­other re­minder of the im­por­tance of what she is do­ing.

“About six years af­ter I started, my hus­band David be­came ill very sud­denly.

“A bac­terium got into his blood­stream that went di­rectly to his aor­tic valve and damn near de­stroyed it.

“Within three days, he was be­ing op­er­ated on to have an ar­ti­fi­cial aor­tic valve in­serted.

“He’s had it ever since and is still go­ing strong.”

The op­er­a­tion forced Mr Locke, a for­mer South of Perth Yacht Club com­modore and Melville City coun­cil­lor, to miss his daugh­ter’s wed­ding, but it saved his life, driv­ing home the im­por­tance of med­i­cal re­search for his wife.

“It’s just a small con­tri­bu­tion I can make, and while I’m quite fit and healthy, walk­ing up and down the street a few times is no prob­lem at all, and ev­ery lit­tle bit helps,” she said.

Heart Foun­da­tion vol­un­teers have been ac­tive through Septem­ber, but can’t reach ev­ery house­hold.

Do­nate on­line at www.big­heartap­peal.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d473999

Peta Locke with her hus­band David.

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