Rheumatic fever campaign: TV commercials

These television commercials air throughout the sore throat season.

The Katoa twins and their rheumatic fever story: 45-second

Justin: My name is Justin, and this is my twin brother Tristan.
Tristan: Last year, I almost died.
(siren)
I had open heart surgery.
Justin: They said he had rheumatic fever, it happened so fast. Earlier that Sunday, we were at church.
Tristan: And I started feeling really sick. I felt sick the night before, but I thought I could sleep it off
Justin: I thought you were just being soft, because of rugby that morning (laughs) Ow!
Tristan: I thought I played really good, even though I had rheumatic fever!
Justin: If we got it checked earlier, he wouldn't have this.
(Justin points to Tristan's scar.)
Tristan: And it started with a sore throat.
Voiceover: Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

Rheumatic fever - a father's story 45-second

Tristan: We're the Katoa twins.
Justin: And this started with a sore throat.
Kuli: Yeah, it started with a sore throat, and we just thought, it's going to go away.
These are my boys, Tristan and Justin.
When Tristan was rushed to hospital I felt... scared.
Justin: They said he had rheumatic fever.
Tristan: I had open heart surgery.
Kuli: We thought, we're going to lose him. I touched his head, then I said to him, have faith. I am sure that we will see each other again.
Voice over: Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

Rheumatic fever - a mother's story 45-second

Justin: This started with a sore throat.
Tristan: I had open heart surgery.
(in Tongan): They told me that Tristan has rheumatic fever. I didn't know if my son would live, or die. My heart was in great pain, as if I had Tristan's illness.
If I knew that this sickness starts with a sore throat I would have taken him to the doctor earlier.
Voice over: Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

Rheumatic fever - Paula's story 45-second

Hakopa: My name is Hakopa and I had rheumatic fever. My mum felt really sad when they told her that I had to have surgery.
Paula: The doctor told us there was that slight possibility that he may not make it. You think back as a parent thinking, how did we get here? I remember that time that he did have a sore throat. I didn't think anything major of it. It's not cool to take the risk of, I'll see if its ok tomorrow. As soon as your kid gets a sore throat then you need to get it checked.
Narrator: Untreated sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

A sore throat can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage - 30 second

Justin: This started with a sore throat.
Kuli: When Tristan was rushed to hospital I felt... scared.
Justin: They said he had rheumatic fever.
Tristan: I had open heart surgery.
Kuli: We thought, we're going to lose him. We didn't know that a sore throat can cause heart damage.
Narrator: Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

His rheumatic fever started with a sore throat - 15 second

Justin (pointing to scar): This started with a sore throat.
Narrator: Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

 

We thought we were going to lose him to rheumatic fever - 15 second

Kuli: When Tristan was rushed to the hospital, we thought we were going to lose him.
Narrator: Sore throats can lead to rheumatic fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

Rheumatic fever - it's not cool to take the risk - 15 second

Paula: As soon as your kid gets a sore throat then you need to get it checked.
Narrator: Untreated sore threats can lead to Rheumatic Fever and heart damage. If your child has a sore throat call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

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