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In the Blink of an Eye by Hasso Von Bredow, Catherine Von Bredow
  

In the Blink of an Eye

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August 2010 Book of the Month.

At 42 Hasso von Bredow had a severe stroke which left him with locked-in syndrome. This book is told from the perspective of Hasso as the patient and the his wife Catherine as the loving wife and carer. This will take you on an emotional rollercoaster but is ultimately a life affirming, uplifting story of love and courage. An incredibly moving story, brilliantly told.

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In the Blink of an Eye by Hasso Von Bredow, Catherine Von Bredow

On 1 May 2000 Hasso von Bredow's life was forever changed. The young and active father of three suffered a massive stroke at the base of his brainstem, leaving him totally paralysed and unable to speak. With his mind as cognitive and as active as it had always been, his body became his painful prison. IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE is Hasso's moving and life-affirming memoir. At 42 Hasso had to come to terms with a life 'locked in', being dependent on others for every breath, but worst of all, losing his most precious of possessions: his voice. The only way Hasso could communicate with the world was by blinking his eyes. And using coded blinking and state of the art technology, he wrote this incredibly moving memoir letter by letter, helped only by his wife and carer, Catherine.

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A tremendously moving account of how a family's love and devotion for each other helped them copy with such a cataclysmic event. * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER *


About the Author

Hasso Von Bredow, Catherine Von Bredow

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 completely 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. Tragically, 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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Book Info

Publication date

5th August 2010

Author

Hasso Von Bredow, Catherine Von Bredow

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Books of the Month

Memoirs
Coping with illness & specific conditions

ISBN

9780752884011

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