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‘My hole in the heart timebomb’: GP in fightback from adversity with charity campaign

By Ian Quinn

A veteran GP who was struck down by a rare clinical condition which he had unknowingly suffered since birth is fighting back by raising money for heart patients using his talent as a wildlife photographer.

Dr Ian Mason, a GP in Fife, Scotland for the past 30 years, suffered a stroke in January, which doctors later discovered had been caused by a hole in his heart.

While he continues his recovery, Dr Mason, 56, has turned to his hobby as a wildlife photographer and thanks to an exhibition and sale of his work at a nearby RSPB nature reserve has so far raised more than £1,000 for two stroke charities, Chest Heart Stroke Scotland and The Stroke Association.

'I've had lots of interest, especially from patients. It's been very moving to have had such a reaction from patients since I had the stroke and their support has been fantastic,' Dr Mason told Pulse.

‘It came completely out of the blue. I had no idea that I'd had a whole in my heart since birth. I had seemed completely fit.'

‘I'm lucky that I am still here and I hope to raise as much money as I can for these two charities,' he added.

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To see Dr Mason's work and order his photography to raise funds for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland and The Stroke Association, visit his website at