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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, June 10, 1974 -The Herald--------------------- Family Heart defects corrected in five-year-old twins WINNIPEG (CP) Identical five-year-old twins Karen and Lorraine Ackroyd hop-skipped happily down the walk from children's hospital leaving behind an impossible nightmare for their parents just one week after requiring open-heart surgery. "It's like a great weight has been lifted from our shoulders." said Bill Ackroyd, 33. the girls' father. "It's so good to see them looking like new." The five-year-old nightmare began only moments after the twins were born. Doctors Graduates with distinction Marilyn Ruth Blakie Marilyn Ruth Blakie, daughter of Mayor and Mrs. A. F. Blakie, of Coaldale, graduated with distinction at the spring convocation, University of Alberta, with the Bachelor of Science in medical Laboratory Science. She is now employed in research by Dr. M. J. Mant: Edmonton pathologist, at the University Hospital Clinical Sciences. informed the new parents that Karen had a congenital heart defect a hole in her hsart. Last year, during a pre- kindergarten examination, doctors discovered the girls were true identical twins: they found a similar hole in Lorraine's heart. Specialists advised the parents the twins should undergo preventive open- heart surgery a year apart but the Ackroyds would have none of that. "After five years of worrying, checking constantly to make sure they haven't started throwing up or turning blue, I couldn't take another year of that." Last week, the girls each underwent 2Vz hours of surgery Karen on Wednesday and Lorraine on Thursday each spending 15 mininutes on a heart-lung machine which kept them alive at crucial moments throughout their operations. The surgeon who operated said the nickel-sized holes were located in identical areas of their hearts, but there were no complications and the girls now are "absolutely healthy." They will be examined again in a few months and once more in a year. Now that the ordeal is over, the twins said they were anxious to return to their home in Gillam, Man. and see their friends and their "fat dog Charlie." Club corner notes Al-Anon meetings are held each Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Chinook Club, 418 13th St. N. For further information contact 328-6562 or 328-9305. Friday meetings are held at p.m. in the board room of the Municipal hospital. For information, contact 327-6292 or 327-8340. Kitchen and Bathrooms THE NOOK Westminster Plaza Phone 329-0700 The regular meeting of Laurel Chapter No. 43, Order of the Eastern Star, will be held in the Masonic Hall at 8 tonight. All visiting members welcome. Women in Canadian politics will be the topic of a seminar to be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the public library. Luba Lisun will be speaker, emphasis will be on women in the contemporary scene and participation in party organizations. Babysitting win be available. Parents are asked to contact Dorothy Fritz at 328-7259 prior to the seminar. The Aileen Walker unit of Southminster Church will meet for a wind-up meeting Tuesday at p.m. in the Elks dining room. Test run It was one more time around the track for racers left to right, Lyle Dickson, age 13, and his friend, 14-year-old Ken Allen. The civic centre track provided an oppor- tunity for the boys to find out who was the best pedaller, and which bike could take its rider to victory. OFFER VARIETY The forests in Ontario contain about 90 species of trees. Alberta Consumer Affairs Affairs Branch Licensing of Trades Businesses Branch Insurance Real Estate Branch Deputy Minister Margaret active in campaign, but still maintains privacy Margaret Trudeau, the attractive, bright-eyed wife of the prime minister, has come a long way since she nervously accompanied her husband to Moscow in 1972, appearing confused and uncomfortable with all the social graces surrounding her position. You can form many impressions of the prime minister's wife as she throws herself enthusiastically into the election campaign, but confusion and discomfort are not among them. It was just two years ago that the Vancouver-born Mrs. Trudeau was quietly telling a handful of reporters: "I am a mother, I am me. I am not a public figure." And it was just a few days ago that she stood before an audience of 2.000 in her home city and confidently introduced her husband as "a man who is quite a beautiful guy-" She has stood on railway platforms in the Maritimes, shielding herself against a stinging sleet, to be at her husband's side during this campaign. She has squeezed through pressing crowds to shake hands, to talk to children, to smile obligingly for local photographers. She has sat on countless stages to heartily applaud her husband's speeches. She has smiled comfortably at the many standing ovations she has received. If the smile is constant, it does not appear frozen. In terms of cheers, she might well be the most popular figure in the campaign. But it appears that few people actually will know what she thinks of the whole show. She has refused requests for interviews, has said little of significance in chats with reporters, and has managed to maintain a high degree of privacy despite her frequent exposures to the news media and the public. Margaret Trudeau, 25, has been described as everything from a burned-out revolutionary to a simmering radical while, during her three years of marriage, the country has tried to discover what is behind those attractive features. Whatever else she may be, she is emerging as an asset to her campaigning husband. Also, it appears she has plunged into the campaign of her own free will, whether out of curiosity, enthusiasm or a self-decided obligation. Last year, the prime minister told reporters "I don't like my family life mixed up in and that he wouldn't think of using his wife for such purposes. However, he added that Margaret is a Canadian citizen and free to do what she wishes. He appears to like what she is doing now. "I think this is really an important thing in our she has said. "Pierre doesn't have any expectations of me to always be at his side and I don't have any expectations of him to always be at mine. During the 1972 campaign, she seldom was at his side during public appearances. But this time, she is there most of the time. On a four-day whistle-stopping tour from Sydney, N.S., to Montreal, Mrs. Trudeau appeared at every stop, every meeting, and every side visit. She was introduced as "the lovely Mrs. "this very attractive and "a very, very special guest." She talked naturally to children who presented her with flowers and with mothers about their babies. After being presented with snowshoes for son Justin in St. Tite, Que., she made a thank you speech in French. She foundered on a word and appealed to her smiling husband for help. To the delight of the audience, he merely gestured for her to continue, and her efforts received a resounding burst of applause. In private, her French is said to be articulate. The visits Margaret Trudeau appears to enjoy most are those to senior citizens' homes. On several of these visits, she has broken away from her husband's entourage to mingle with the old folks and to become involved in lengthy conversations. "They're just beautiful." she said to a reporter while listening to senior citizens take part in a Toronto sing- song. "Excuse me, I think there are -some people over there I would like to meet." On the train trip, no one could accuse the Trudeau's of using baby Sascha for publicity purposes. HP wasn't photographed once with his parents. Two-year-old Justin remained at home. "He's such a Mrs. Trudeau said. Unique dress collection saved through diligence of daughters Petroleum Plaza, South Tower 9915-108 Street Edmonton, Alberta. PHONE 426-3570 Write Box 1616, Edmonton for Consumer Enquiries and CONSUMER AFFAIRS By MARGARET NESS WINSTON-SALEM. N.C.