Brave Hearts explains NZ’S cardiac story
Locals are being encouraged to check out an exhibition that celebrates the New Zealand cardiac story and has never before been seen outside Auckland.
Brave Hearts is an exhibition developed by the Auckland Medical Museum Trust (AMMT) with support from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), which 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.
Admission to the exhibition is free for children and a gold coin koha from adults which will be donated to charity. Displays with interactive models demonstrate 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 such as Helen Harris and former All Blacks doctor John Mayhew. Almost 59 years ago 10-year-old New Zealander Helen Arnold (now Harris) became the first person in New Zealand to undergo heart-lung bypass surgery. This medical achievement was just one of a number of ground breaking procedures developed by the small team of clinicians at Auckland’s Greenlane Hospital.
Brave Hearts — The New Zealand Cardiac Story is on display at Jean Batten Square until March 5. The exhibition is open from 12pm to 5pm but will be closed on public holidays.
Groups of more than 20 should pre-book by contacting Brett Marvelly at [email protected]
Brave Hearts was brought to Rotorua by Rotary Rotorua West with the support of Rotorua Lakes Council, Four Winds Foundation and One Foundation.
Brett Marvelly in the Brave Hearts exhibition.
The Brave Hearts exhibition is hard to miss in brightred containers.