The Heartbreaking Story of a Mother's Love and a Family's Loss
Friday's Child is my account of Jessica's death from childbed fever, the days leading up to it, and the aftermath.
I hope that people reading it will be moved, will remember how she died and realise that this archaic illness is still with us.
Hopefully, by writing this book, I may help save another mother's life, which is the purpose behind Jessica's Trust, so 5% of the purchase price of all books bought through this site will go to Jessica's Trust.
In 2004, Jessica Palmer died suddenly of septicaemia, just six days after giving birth to her second child. Distraught, her husband Ben struggled to comprehend his loss and to care for their two young children. It later came to light that Jessica's condition can usually be easily detected and prevented but in this case nothing was done until it was too late. Ben and his family successfully sued the NHS for negligence in 2007.
This is Ben's heartbreaking story of dealing with his grief while raising two small children as a single parent. As he tries to accept the idea of life without his beloved wife, he battles shock, grief, despair and guilt, before finally finding hope in the future, thanks to the love and support of his friends and family. It is a devastating story of living with a cruel and needless loss.