TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - The book Lifeliner by Shireen Jeejeebhoy has
just scooped awards for Editors Choice and Publishers Choice as well as
winning first place in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award for
The book, available from iUniverse, Barnesandnoble.com, Amazon and
Chapters, tells the story of the first 'lifeliner' Judy Taylor. She survived
over 20 years living with a permanent catheter, in which she received total
parenteral nutrition (TPN) thanks to a radical young doctor
Dr Khursheed Jeejeebhoy.
Due to the success of his groundbreaking research on artificial feeding
for humans, Dr Jeejeebhoy has been called "the father of long-term parenteral
nutrition in man." His daughter Shireen met Judy while a young girl, and was
inspired to share Judy Taylor's story in her book Lifeliner to offer hope for
other TPN patients.
Shireen says: "Research medicine often has its critics, but the
combination of hope, desire to live, and a doctor willing to experiment with
innovative medical procedures, opens doors for many patients whose lives are
on the line."
After Judy Taylor's intestinal blood clots annihilated her digestive
system, her only choice was starving to death until Dr. Jeejeebhoy agreed to
take her on as a human test subject.
Twenty years followed during which Judy enjoyed life, raising her
children and loving her husband. During those twenty years she never ate a
meal, having to rely on intravenous feeding. Yet she was able to participate
in a fulfilling life thanks to TPN.
According to the Oley Foundation in the US, cited by the International
Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the number of people on
tube feedings/enteral nutrition today is currently estimated to be 176,000,
and the number on parenteral nutrition is estimated at 46,000 in the US.
Judy Taylor, along with her determined doctor, helped bring TPN out of
the realm of science fiction and into reality, allowing more patients to live
longer, fulfilled lives.
Notes to Editors:
About the Author
Shireen Jeejeebhoy was born in London and lives in Toronto, Canada.
She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is
available for phone interviews. To arrange please contact +1-416-838-8297.
Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story
by Shireen Jeejeebhoy
October 2007/186 pages
ISBN: 978-0-595-44544-8 Trade Paper US$16.95
For further information:
For further information: Shireen Jeejeebhoy, firstname.lastname@example.org; She
is available for phone interviews. To arrange please contact (416) 838-8297.