Getting a sore throat isn't usually a big deal – just an ordinary part of having a cold or flu. But for some, particularly Māori, a sore throat has been a symptom of rheumatic fever, and the long-term result was heart damage and the possibility of an early death. Two of Te Aroha Teriaki’s children (Tama and Mariu Pritchard, shown here with their mother) had rheumatic fever when young. Teriaki advised other parents, ‘Every time you get a sore throat, get it checked.’
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