Proud of his wonder woman

Scot Jefferies has got a page 1 girl - not a mere page 3 girl.

But he already knew that, even before seeing his wife naked on the front page of yesterday's Otago Daily Times.

''We get home delivery, so I was unwrapping it and walking back inside when I saw the front page and thought: 'Oh, God. It's Stacey','' Mr Jefferies recalled last night.

''Stacey is Stacey, so I wasn't completely surprised. But, I was surprised to see it on the front page.''

Mrs Jefferies spent lunchtime on Tuesday naked in the centre of Dunedin, apart from a body-painted Wonder Woman costume, to mark her mastectomy tomorrow and to raise awareness of breast cancer. She and sons Cole (6) and Ryder (4) managed to keep the operation secret from Mr Jefferies until he saw the article.

''Radio stations started ringing at 7am. Another radio announcer said: 'Scot, if you haven't seen the front page of the ODT yet, you'd better hurry up,'' Mrs Jefferies said.

Mr Jefferies said he was proud of his wife.

''All of the guys were really good at work. A few had wee smiles. A friend told me his wife was going to get checked up, after reading the article. So that made me feel good,'' he said.

''People think it happens to someone else. But, when it does happen, it really resets your priorities in life.''

Mrs Jefferies said she only had one regret about her stunt, which was carried out on a windy 13degC Tuesday.

''I wish I'd done it today. Look at how sunny the weather is today,'' she said ruefully.

The Cancer Society raised $145 at the event.

Mrs Jefferies had a pre-admission check yesterday and goes into hospital for her mastectomy tomorrow.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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