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Patient Portraits: A New You and the O2

We've launched our Patient Portraits: A New You photography competition in partnership with the Royal Photographic Society. The competition will help raise awareness of heart valve disease and the need for timely diagnosis and treatment. The competition encourages keen photographers over the age of 18 to capture heartfelt moments in time and convey what life after heart valve disease means to patients. The aim of the competition will be to show that with timely treatment, patients can return to a good quality of life and continue to enjoy all of life’s special moments.

The competition invites anyone above the age of 18 to register their interest by submitting up to five images that convey precious moments in time along with a short written statement about how they would express improved quality of life after treatment for heart valve disease patients through a photographic documentary. Twelve regional entrants will be chosen by an independent selection panel, paired up with a local heart valve disease patient and tasked with photographing and documenting heartfelt moments that show what life after heart valve disease means; through the eyes of the patient.

The photographic documentaries will be exhibited at the Houses of Parliament as part of the National Final. The overall winner and regional finalists will also have the chance to have their photographic documentary exhibited at hospital heart clinics across the UK, as part of a road show to celebrate the first European Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day.

Learn about our O2 walk with CEO Wil Woan and patient Peter Robinson. Peter received treatment for valve disease at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London earlier this year thanks to consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Mr Michael Sabetai. Patient and surgeon will be reunited today as Mr Sabetai will be joining Peter, Wil and members of Peter’s family to complete the walk across the top of the O2. The walk takes place 52 meters above the ground and is something Peter couldn’t have imagined himself doing before treatment.

“Before I met Mr Sabetai and his team, I was in a bad way. Breathless, no energy, just generally feeling old. I struggled with my breathing and my wife was concerned for me,” recalls Peter. “After Mr Sabetai performed his magic on me, I’ve never felt better! I have no trouble with exercising and love to go for walks and keeping up with my family. Most recently I walked up the stairs at Canterbury Cathedral and now I’m really looking forward to crossing the O2 with Wil and Mr Sabetai. I want everyone to know that there is life after a diagnosis of valve disease and that treatment makes an incredible difference!”

We've invited professional photographer Michelle Richards along with us to capture the walk and will be using the photos to promote the photography competition as Peter is an amazing example of living life to the fullest after valve disease treatment.

To learn more about the photography competition and to get involved either as a photographer or a patient, please visit our competition website here.

To support Peter on his walk across the O2 through The Big Give, click here.

To learn more about Peter’s heart valve disease story, be sure to give it a read here.

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Heart valve disease is caused by either wear, disease or damage of one or more of the heart’s valves, affecting the flow of blood through the heart.