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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.

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.

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    9780143799658

    July 21, 2014

    Michael Joseph

    288 pages

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    9781743485217

    July 20, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    328 pages

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