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Book details
  • SubGenre:Medical (incl. Patients)
  • Language:English
  • Pages:165
  • eBook ISBN:9781440199158

To Get Back Home

A Mysterious Disease: A Fight for Life

by Wendy Chapin Ford

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TO GET BACK HOME is a medical thriller of the first order, a true story of triumph of survival over astronomical odds, as an otherwise healthy and active young woman fights for her life after being suddenly stricken by a rare neurological disorder, Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis (ADEM). TO GET BACK HOME takes you on a harrowing journey as Ms. Ford forges her way back from coma and quadriplegia, desperate to return to her family and young children.
Her life seemed perfect until Wendy Ford was stricken and rendered comatose within days, and then, after a tense, weeks-long struggle for survival, quadriplegic. At one of the most renowned hospitals in the world, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the Harvard teaching hospital known as "Harvard with a heart," her doctors -- Harvard Medical School professors all -- were helpless to diagnose and treat her, hard as they tried, as the rare malady confounded even them and she slipped further and further away. Initially, she was not expected to live, nor, ultimately, to walk again or recover her prior intellectual abilities. Doctors have referred to hers as a "miracle case," and the mysteries persist to this day.
About the author
Wendy Chapin Ford graduated from the University of Michigan and worked as a financial writer for many years in Boston. She has served on the Board of Overseers, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and on the Visiting Committee, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, both in Boston, and on the Board of the Newburyport Maritime Society. She lives with her family in Massachusetts. TO GET BACK HOME is her only published work.