Ski­ing re­turn sched­uled

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Not even a triple by­pass surgery could see Wanaka woman Carol Lit­tle take off her fa­mous multi-coloured head­piece.

Lit­tle, who is re­cov­er­ing at home af­ter the by­pass, heart valve re­con­struc­tion and re­pair surgery in Dunedin Hospi­tal on May 8, said the head­piece that she has worn since 2000 stayed on through­out her or­deal.

‘‘The sur­geon thought I was El­ton John’s sis­ter . . . He wouldn’t let me take it off for surgery,’’ Lit­tle said.

Yes­ter­day Lit­tle said she would be mak­ing the most of her sec­ond chance of life.

‘‘It was pretty wild and crazy . . . I lost four days. I was gone. I was on the other side.

‘‘Now I’m up­hill. I can see the light now,’’ she said.

She will be at the Cardrona Alpine Re­sort open­ing day on June 20 for her 18th sea­son, where she will work as an am­bas­sador, and come Septem­ber, she wants to be back ski­ing. ‘‘I love go­ing to work . . . It’s my life,’’ she said. Dur­ing her stay in hospi­tal she re­ceived two bags filled with cards, more than 2000 mes­sages on Face­book and over $6600 in do­na­tions.

‘From my new heart, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you,’’ she said.

Photo: CHE BAKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

The smile re­turns: Wanaka woman Carol Lit­tle wear­ing her sig­na­ture head­piece sur­rounded by some of the hun­dreds of cards she re­ceived af­ter un­der­go­ing a triple by­pass, heart valve re­con­struc­tion and re­pair surgery.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

On show: The new $2.5 mil­lion Sculp­tIl­lu­sion Gallery at Puz­zling World in Wanaka has earned Amal­ga­mated Builders two awards at the New Zealand Commercial Build­ing Awards at the weekend. The com­pany won gold in the tourism and leisure project cat­e­gory, and the un­der-$2 mil­lion cat­e­gory. The 530sqmil­lu­sion­ary sculp­ture room, com­plete with mov­ing walls, float­ing ob­jects and 3D il­lu­sions, is the com­pany’s fifth and largest il­lu­sion room and was an 81⁄ month build. Puz­zling World’s Heidi Lands­bor­ough and Dun­can Spear were thrilled the com­pany took out the awards. "The Sculp­tIl­lu­sion Gallery is an un­usual build­ing and the Cen­tral Otago cli­mate cer­tainly played havoc dur­ing the build. The team han­dled the chal­lenges with ease and pro­fes­sion­al­ism, re­sult­ing in awon­der­ful build­ing which is not only func­tional, but strik­ing."

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