In the Blink of an Eye: An Inspiring and True Story of Enduring Love

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, 2009 - Cerebrovascular disease - 288 pages
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"In the blink of an eye, Hasso von Bredow's life changed forever. The 42-year-old father of three suffered a massive stroke at the base of his brainstem. Totally paralysed and unable to speak, but with his mind as active as ever, his body became a prison, the blinking of his eyes his only means of communication." "Yet Hasso refused to surrender his will to live, somehow finding - through his humour and love for his family - a strength to persevere against all the odds. Painstakingly written, letter by letter, with the use of state-of-the-art technology and helped only by his wife and carer, Catherine, Hasso's intensely moving and life-affirming memoir is interwoven with Catherine's memories. She remembers the life they shared before the stroke and the shattering effect it had on their lives. In spite of all they faced, the strength of their devotion shines through, and their words open up a world of imagination, courage, humour and most importantly, love." --Book Jacket.

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Just finished this memoir. Hasso and Catherine's love is truly inspiring. I specifically recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with a patient with lock-in-syndrome or other communicative impairment. Hasso spells out in very specific terms his hardships, challenges, and the new sensitivities of his condition. His quality of life was improved and diminished by the attentiveness, experience and knowledge of the medical professionals around him. As he lives as a consciousness with a body that constantly betrays him, he lives in his memories, dreams, and love. In the Blink of an Eye is a truthful and moving account of the love and devotion of two amazing people who fought the good fight. What I took out of it was Hasso's memories of living and how important it is for us all to do just that...live well with the best things in life, friends, family, and love. God bless them both.  

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About the author (2009)

Hasso von Bredow was a successful businessman and father of three. At the age of 42 he suffered a massive stroke at the base of his brainstem, leaving him the victim of 'Locked In' Syndrome. Totally paralysed but complete cognisant, Hasso used coded blinking and state of the art technology to painstakingly write this incredibly moving memoir letter by letter, helped only by his wife and carer, Catherine von Bredow. Hasso died of pneumonia in 2003. He is survived by his three children and Catherine, who continue to live in the family home in Kent.

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