COVID-19 update: Victoria update. Click for details.
Contact Us Need help? Contact us
Explore Departments
Departments

Will to Live

by Matthew Ames and Diane Ames

PUBLISHED: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9780143799658
ANNOTATION:
Matthew Ames, 39-year-old father of four, thought he had a bout of man flu. Very quickly, a seemingly ordinary illness became a severe case of toxic shock syndrome. The common bacteria Streptococcus A had entered his bloodstream and his body had gone into shutdown. The only way Matthew could be kept alive was to have all four limbs amputated.
Product Unavailable
OTHER FORMATS:
PUBLISHED: 1st August 2014
ISBN: 9780143799658
ANNOTATION:
Matthew Ames, 39-year-old father of four, thought he had a bout of man flu. Very quickly, a seemingly ordinary illness became a severe case of toxic shock syndrome. The common bacteria Streptococcus A had entered his bloodstream and his body had gone into shutdown. The only way Matthew could be kept alive was to have all four limbs amputated.

Annotation

Matthew Ames, 39-year-old father of four, thought he had a bout of man flu. Very quickly, a seemingly ordinary illness became a severe case of toxic shock syndrome. The common bacteria Streptococcus A had entered his bloodstream and his body had gone into shutdown. The only way Matthew could be kept alive was to have all four limbs amputated.

Publisher Description

This is a remarkable story. It will change the way you look at life. For a couple of weeks, Matthew Ames didn't feel well. The busy father of four young children knew things were not quite right but suddenly he was in Emergency, with a severe case of toxic shock syndrome - the common bacteria Strep A had entered his bloodstream and his body had gone into shutdown. He was put into an induced coma and the only way he could be kept alive was to have all his limbs amputated. Diane Ames knew exactly what her husband would want and that he would cope - he had always been optimistic and practical. Despite a one per cent chance of survival, she asked the doctors to go ahead with the radical operation. And so began the inspiring story of an ordinary family's courage and determination to make the most of a terrible situation. What happened to Matthew could happen to anyone. But not everyone would accept what life offers and pursue possibilities in the way that he does. Matthew has astounded doctors with his adaptation to a new way of living, so much so that he is about to become a bionic man. And he has never once questioned Diane's decision - it gave him the chance to truly understand how much family matters and to appreciate humanity.

Author Biography

Diane Ames is a civil engineer with more than 10 years experience in the property sector. She worked in her father's engineering business before running her own consulting firm. After the birth of her third child, she left paid employment and is currently a stay-at-home mother, actively involved in the school and sporting lives of four young children. She is also the full-time carer of her husband, Matthew.

Review

"Moving and inspiring." --Glastone Observer

Review Quote

"Moving and inspiring." -- Glastone Observer

Promotional "Headline"

Matthew Ames had a one per cent chance of survival after becoming a quadruple amputee. This is the story of his triumphant recovery, and his family's courage in working together to make Matthew's life as normal as possible.

Product Details

Year
2014
ISBN-10
0143799657
ISBN-13
9780143799658
Format
Paperback
Pages
288
Publisher
Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication
Australia
Subtitle
An Inspiring Story of Courage, Resilience and Love
Publication Date
2014-07-21
Author
Matthew Ames, Diane Ames
Short Title
Will to Live
Language
English
Media
Book
Audience
General/Trade

Product Reviews

07 Aug, 2017
Highly inspirational. Encouraging.
By Chris
Browse by category