Published: Monday, April 27th, 2015
Scarred for Life Exhibition heads to National Hospital
A special photo exhibition of adults with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) will open at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital next Friday (1 May).
The Scarred FOR Life exhibition comes straight to Scotland’s National Hospital – home to the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS) – following its debut at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in February 2015.
Fashion and portrait photographer Kirsty Anderson – who has photographed Annie Lennox and Robbie Williams – captured portraits of eight SACCS patients to help change the perception that scars should be hidden away: Scott Burrell, Liza Morton, Caroline Wilson, Heather McDougall, Maggie Ross, Roderick Skinner, David Magennis* and Karen Maclachlan.
As well as telling the story of a population hidden in plain sight, the portrait exhibition aims to empower patients living in Scotland and raise awareness of the unique needs of adults with CHD.
Mike Higgins, Medical Director at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, commented: “As home to regional and national heart and lung services, including the Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service, the Golden Jubilee is dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease in its many forms.
“We are delighted to welcome the Scarred FOR Life exhibition, which allows patients, staff and members of the public to hear directly about the experiences of congenital heart disease patients.”
The Scarred FOR Life exhibition was organised by three CHD volunteers on behalf of The Somerville Foundation – a charity which provides a national support network for adolescent and adult congenital heart patients.
Friends Dr Liza Morton, Jenny Kumar and Caroline Wilson wanted to raise awareness of how the often invisible condition, which affects 1 in 125 babies born each year, impacts on adult life.
Dr Morton commented: “We would like to thank the Golden Jubilee National Hospital for opening its doors to the Scarred FOR Life exhibition, and helping to raise awareness of congenital heart disease.
“Many people with CHD have ‘scars’, whether we’ve had heart surgery or not. We want to empower the estimated 16,500 adults with CHD in Scotland to share their story and spread the word about this condition, which is the most common complex birth defect and has no cure.”
Patients, staff and visitors will be able to view the powerful portrait exhibition in the hospital’s Conservatory until 31 May.
Notes to Editors:
Picture by Peter Sandground
Pictured: Caroline Wilson, Maggie Ross, Scott Burrell, (David Magennis and Roderick Skinner portraits) Karen Maclachlan, Liza Morton and Heather McDougall.
Further information on Scarred for Life, and the featured patients is available at: www.thesf.org.uk/campaigning-for-you/scarred-for-life.aspx
* Sadly David Magennis passed away in February following complications after his heart transplant. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.