Frisby author’s fundraising book inspired by son’s serious illness
The final diary in the book covers his journey through intensive care with 11-year-old son, Jothi, who developed meningitis and severe sepsis in 2009,
At that time Jothi’s life hung in the balance but he survived a harrowing two weeks in intensive care.
The after-affects damaged the growth plates in his knees and ankles, which help the legs grow.
Jothi has periodically undergone painful leg-breaking operations which have helped to stretch and straighten his legs.
Jeff is donating 80 per cent of his royalties to the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) from a book, which he says is both humorous and informative.
He promises readers will hear about a variety of incidents and activities, including a hairy male bridesmaid, a four-year-old adviser to the gods, tears, heroes, lucky pants, Napoleon, lots of tea and a guest appearance from the 1980s’ pop star Belinda Carlisle.
Jeff is also backing the MRF’s campaign to help ensure that people still seek and receive their routine vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The charity wants to make sure people understand that when you take your loved ones to get vaccinated, you are not only providing lifesaving protection to them, you are also contributing to greater protection for your entire community.
This is because certain people, with weak immune systems, or certain diseases, cannot receive some types of vaccines and so rely on others to help protect them by getting vaccinated.
This helps rates of infection fall among the general population.
Jeff added: “The book has raised over £1,500 so far and, hopefully, it can raise a smile whilst raising awareness of the Meningitis Research Foundation’s current campaign.”
Go to www.meningitis.org for further details about the Meningitis Research Foundation, including their symptom checker.
Jeff’s book is available from most online book stores including Amazon.