Cel­e­brat­ing hearts in ex­hi­bi­tion

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

The sto­ries of peo­ple with kind and brave hearts are be­ing cel­e­brated in an ex­hi­bi­tion com­ing to Ro­torua.

Brave Hearts is a new in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion pro­fil­ing pi­o­neer­ing Kiwi heart clin­i­cians and their brave pa­tients, open­ing on Mon­day in Jean Bat­ten Square.

Cel­e­brat­ing the New Zealand car­diac story, Brave Hearts is an ex­hi­bi­tion de­vel­oped by the Auck­land Med­i­cal Mu­seum Trust (AMMT) with sup­port from Auck­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (AUT).

It ex­plains how the heart works, how heart dis­ease is in­ves­ti­gated and the largely un­told story of New Zealand’s lead­ing role in the evo­lu­tion of heart surgery.

Chil­dren can en­ter free and the gold coin koha from adults will be do­nated to char­ity.

There will be dis­plays with in­ter­ac­tive mod­els demon­strat­ing nor­mal heart func­tion, what could go wrong, and what can be done to di­ag­nose and cor­rect heart prob­lems.

The ex­hi­bi­tion delves into the in­spir­ing sto­ries be­hind New Zealand’s first open-heart op­er­a­tion, the cool­ing of chil­dren’s hearts to al­low life-sav­ing surgery and the in­no­va­tion which led to re­plac­ing dam­aged heart valves.

Vis­i­tors can also learn more about the re­cip­i­ents of ground-break­ing heart care.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been brought to Ro­torua by Ro­tary Ro­torua West with the sup­port of Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil, Four Winds Foun­da­tion and One Foun­da­tion.

Ro­tary Ro­torua West’s Brett

Marvelly says New Zealand were world lead­ers in heart surgery in the 1960s and con­tinue to be so to­day.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is full of in­spir­ing sto­ries of in­no­va­tive car­diac pro­ce­dures that were de­vel­oped in New Zealand, along­side some mov­ing sto­ries of the heart pa­tients they op­er­ated on.

“This is the first time this ex­hi­bi­tion has left Auck­land so it is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to view it in Ro­torua.”

He says it is great to show­case a spe­cial piece of New Zealand his­tory and ed­u­cate peo­ple about how to look af­ter their own hearts.

Brett says one of the in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits al­lows peo­ple to pump the heart and shows the blood cir­cu­lat­ing around the body, and there are sev­eral ex­er­cise ac­tiv­i­ties that show the im­pact ex­er­cise has on the heart.

Ro­torua Mu­seum is run­ning a sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for New Zealand school chil­dren Year 7-10.

Ro­torua Mu­seum ed­u­ca­tion lead Emma Li­ley says the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme helps to ex­plain that heart health is not just for the older gen­er­a­tions.

“Fit­ness and a good diet now will make a big dif­fer­ence to their heart’s over­all health in the fu­ture.

“We will ex­plore how the heart works and the im­por­tant role it plays in your body.”

Dur­ing term time the ex­hi­bi­tion will be open to the pub­lic from 3pm to 6pm on week­days.

On week­ends and dur­ing school hol­i­days it will be open to the pub­lic from 9am to 6pm.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be closed on pub­lic hol­i­days.

Groups of more than 20 should pre-book by con­tact­ing brett@marvelly.co.nz

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the ex­hi­bi­tion and ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme go to www.ro­toru­a­mu­seum.co.nz

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Peo­ple take the time to check out the Brave Hearts ex­hi­bi­tion.

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The Brave Hearts ex­hi­bi­tion will help peo­ple learn how to take care of their hearts.

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