Not that kind of visit, thankfully. This was fun, heading out to the world-renowned Victor Chang Institute with photographer Giovanni Portelli on Tuesday as part of my current gig at The Catholic Weekly.
Professor Robert Graham, one of Australia’s leading scientists and head of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, is trying to find the cause of a type of heart attack experienced by healthy young women, often new mothers.
It’s a rare and terrifying condition known as Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD). Once a woman has had one of these, there’s a 20 percent chance she will have another, possibly causing death, and there’s no sure way of knowing how to prevent a recurrence.
It’s a terrible life sentence, isn’t it? But what’s this got to do with the Church?