Hearty challenge for partner

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A Matlock man is taking on a challenge for the British Heart Foundation because his partner is on the waiting list for heart valve replacement surgery.

Carl Palferyman, 33, is calling on Derbyshire outdoor enthusiasts to lace up their walking boots and take part in the BHF’s popular High Peak Winter Hike this weekend.

Carl’s partner Emily Whittle (27) was found to have a heart murmur at birth, which led to being diagnosed with two holes in her heart and mitral valve regurgitation. After surgery to repair her leaking mitral valve at age seven it has now become necessary to have her mitral valve replaced due to a gradual down turn in Emily’s health over the last 18 months. She has been on the waiting list since May 2012.


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