About Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story
“Lifeliner is the amazing, unforgettable story of a young woman who becomes seriously ill at a young age and with the devoted care of her gastroenterologist survives for over twenty years.” Gloria Oren, Writer and Editor
“Ms. Jeejeebhoy’s ability to write on such a tough subject amazed me, she was able to show compassion for the patient and family while at the same time provide credit to all the medical personnel that went above and beyond to help this patient.” Carol Hoyer, Ph.D., Family Psychology
Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story
by Shireen Jeejeebhoy
October 2007 · 186 pages
ISBN 978-0595445448 · Trade Paper · $16.95
About the Book
Lifeliner is the inspiring true story of Judy Taylor, the first person to survive for more than twenty years on intravenous nutrition.
Thirty-four-year-old Judy Taylor relished her simple, happy life. She had a loving husband, three young daughters, and a beautiful home. But after intestinal blood clots annihilated her digestive system, Judy was left with the certainty of starving to death in a cold Toronto hospital.
The year was 1970, and most doctors still considered long-term intravenous feeding to be science fiction. As a last resort, Judy’s surgeons turned to a radical young immigrant doctor who had performed groundbreaking research on artificial feeding methods for humans. Together, Judy and Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy agreed that Judy’s only hope was to become a human test subject. For the next twenty years, Judy and Dr. “Jeej” worked to develop and hone the medical procedures for Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), which became the basis for modern intravenous feeding.
With courage and determination, Judy raised her family and led a fulfilling life despite being the subject of experimental medicine. Lifeliner tells her inspiring true story and intimately reveals the miraculous link between science and the resilience of the human spirit.
Shireen Jeejeebhoy is the daughter of Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy. She first met Judy Taylor while still a young girl. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto.
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