The Swedes loved Judy Taylor. They invited her to a conference in Sweden and wrote several articles on her over the years. She and Dad made real the work of Prof. Arvid Wretlind, a famous researcher and professor in Stockholm. He wrote the Foreword to Lifeliner, and I’ve devoted two chapters to their meeting in Canada and her trip to Sweden. I had the articles translated and will post them here whenever I have a chance to put them into the computer.
Not a Bite of Food In 21 Years.
Apoteket Nummer 1, 1990
At the time of her death in 1991, Judy Taylor, the mother of three children and a health worker in Toronto, Canada, held the world record for survival on complete parenteral nutrition. She ate her last bite of solid food in October, 1970, after which time she lived for 21 years solely on nutrients supplied by drip infusion. She “tanked up” during the night on carbohydrates, amino acids, fats, vitamins, and minerals via a central vein catheter.
In 1970 Mrs Taylor suffered a blood clot in an artery supplying a large portion of her intestinal tract. In the ensuing operation, the surgeon had to remove her whole duodenum (small bowel) and large portions of her colon. As a result, she completely lost the ability to ingest food in the normal manner. Her doctor then contacted Professor Arvid Wretlind and, subsequently, she was able to live with a good quality of life on intravenous nutrients until her death in 1991.
There have been quite a few successors to Judy Taylor. About one in a million people experience a situation similar to hers. At the beginning of the 1990s, there were some 500 people in the U.S.A. who were dependent on complete parenteral nutrition, and about ten in Sweden.