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Nerves of Steel

From full of life to life support.
A young boy’s courageous fight to survive Transverse Myelitis.

by Craig Thorne

Craig Thorne’s son Samuel was a healthy, active nine-year-old when a rare disease left him suddenly paralysed — unable to move or breathe.

It’s happened. It sucks that it’s happened but it has. There’s nothing we can do about it. We just need to move on, move forward.
– Samuel Thorne (aged nine) Day 48 16 January 2016.

Nerves of Steel is the story of a young boy’s immense courage, as well as the life-altering impact his illness had on those closest to him.

In his emotional retelling of a ‘parent’s worst nightmare’, Craig explores the lessons he learnt from Samuel’s 480-day hospital stay — and his eventual homecoming — in the hope that it might help anyone faced with a similar crisis.

Packed with practical advice and personal insights about daily life in a paediatric intensive care unit, Nerves of Steel is an invaluable guide for the parents and supporters of seriously ill children — as well as the health professionals who work with them.


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