Where Is the Mango Princess?

Where Is the Mango Princess?

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In 1996, Cathy Crimmins, her husband, Alan, and their daughter, Kelly, were were on an idyllic lakeside holiday when a boating accident left Alan in a coma. The frontal lobes of his brain -- the area that controls speech, memory, movement, and personality -- had been severely damaged. "Where is the Mango Princess"? is the story of what happened to Cathy and her family after Alan woke up. From dealing with doctors and insurance plans to the enigmas of personality, morality, and modern science, this is a chronicle of an unforgettable transformation.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375404917
Branch Call Number: 362.4 CRIMMINS
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 24, 2012

The lives of writer Cathy Crimmins, her lawyer husband Alan Forman, and their seven-year-old daughter were changed forever on July 1, 1996, at a lake near Kingston, Ontario. "Alan’s brain got run over by a speedboat. That last sentence reads like a bad country-western song lyric, but it’s true. It was a silly, horrible, stupid accident." (p. 5). While Alan steered a small boat back to dock at the end of their vacation, a teenager drove a speedboat literally over him, causing major traumatic brain injury (TBI) including seizures, coma, hemorrhage and paralysis.

This book offers highly valuable insight into the agonies and triumphs of the caregiver. Crimmins is forthright about her misgivings, mistakes, and anger about her experience. She sugarcoats nothing. I found myself rooting for her and her daughter and husband, hoping he never has another seizure, celebrating his milestones.


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