Brave Hearts ex­plains NZ’S car­diac story

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

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.

Photo / Stephen Parker

Brett Marvelly in the Brave Hearts ex­hi­bi­tion.

Photo / Stephen Parker

The Brave Hearts ex­hi­bi­tion is hard to miss in brightred con­tain­ers.

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