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Rescuing Jeffrey: A Memoir

Galli, Richard

Verlag: St. Martin's Griffin, 2001
ISBN 10: 0312283407 / ISBN 13: 9780312283407
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Titel: Rescuing Jeffrey: A Memoir

Verlag: St. Martin's Griffin

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: Soft cover

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Inhaltsangabe: In 1998, at a Fourth of July pool party in Rhode Island, teenager Jeffrey Galli dove in, struck his head, and nearly drowned. Although his father, Richard, saved him, Jeffrey was paralyzed with a devastating spinal cord injury. In this book, Richard Galli offers a compelling, disarmingly honest account of the decisions and experiences confronted by all such individuals who suddenly find themselves wholly dependant on others to survive?and of the realities that must be likewise faced by their families.

A lawyer and former journalist, Galli writes with much intelligence and stark emotional intensity of life as it is really lived by quadriplegics and those who care for them. An unforgettable story about tragedy, love, and the choices we make at the brink of survival, Rescuing Jeffrey is "gut-wrenchingly candid," as Publishers Weekly observed, and "likely to arouse controversy and sharply divided reactions . . . Yet this eloquent story of heartbreak and hope is ultimately life affirming." The book will be must-reading for all students of counseling, rehabilitation, and related disciplines.

Umschlagtext: Rescuing Jeffrey is a harrowing and eloquent story about tragedy and love and the choices we make. It's the story of how life can change in an instant.

On a sunny July 4th afternoon, Richard Galli and his family were celebrating the holiday at the home of some friends. The kids were playing in the pool and the grown-ups were relaxing. Then the unthinkable happened. Galli's seventeen-year-old son dove into the pool, struck his head, and nearly drowned. Jeffrey's parents jumped in, heaved their son out of the water, and Galli saved his life. But Jeffrey had suffered a devastating spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Rescuing Jeffrey is a compelling look at the next ten days. With disarming honesty and stark emotional intensity, Galli confronts these facts: His son will never be able to walk. He will never be able to use his hands. He will never be able to breathe without mechanical help. Jeffrey will be dependent on others for the rest of his life. Suddenly, Richard Galli is forced to see a future he never imagined for his son and has to decide whether to "rescue" him again-this time by removing Jeffrey's life support.

"I had brought my son back to life," he writes, "and then I had to find a way to kill him."

Galli presents a case to end Jeffrey's life-to his wife, to the doctors, and to the hospital ethics committee. But, in the end, he comes up against a force greater than any argument he can make. Battered by bad luck, unable to even move a finger, Jeffrey reclaims his own life.

Rescuing Jeffrey is a story about adversity, strength, and the support an anguished community shows at a time of crisis. It's a story that asks what, after all, is a life worth living?

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