Sometimes life throws you an utter curve ball...
In June 2001, eight weeks earlier than expected, our newest family member arrived in the world. Our beautiful baby girl, weighing in at 4lb 8oz arrived on 5th June 2001 at 11.30 am. She was born via emergency cesarean section. We called her Martha Faith and breathed a sigh of relief that all was well as she was perfectly healthy.
Each day saw little Martha going from strength to strength…… however my health was rapidly deteriorating and I didn’t even know it. Two days after her birth my sisters, Ruth and Alice visited us in the hospital. On the way home Ruth, who has always had strong psychic tendencies, was very disturbed.
“Something’s not right,” she said to Alice, “I can feel it.”
“But the baby is fine,” Alice responded.
“It’s not the baby…it’s Wendy,” Ruth replied.
Ruth’s instincts were spot on! Something was terribly wrong. At that moment in time none of us knew that a deadly bacteria was taking hold and beginning to attack my flesh.
Necrotising Fasciitis, more commonly known as the flesh eating bug, had taken hold. Four days following Martha’s entry into the world, on 9th June, I was rushed to emergency surgery. The doctors diagnosed that I had necrotising fasciitis and began to remove the blackened infected tissue that was ravaging and killing my tissue at a life threatening rate.
I was in a medical induced coma for 8 days. During this time Mum and Ro were predominantly at my bedside. Ruth took care of Katy and Amy for a few days before they went to their Dad’s.
This was a tough time for the family. Trying to be upbeat for Katy and Amy whilst being desperately worried themselves.
You can read my full story in From Vegas to the Pearly Gates and Join me on my journey from tragedy to triumph.
Share in my…
- glimpse of the other side in a near death experience (NDE)
- the body image struggles as I battled to come to terms with a mutilated body
- an undying love that refused to be broken despite my numerous attempts
- the mind-altering and heart-opening experiences which took me on an adventure to discover that there is far more to me, to you, to all of us than currently meets the eye.
Truly inspirational, totally down to earth
Utterly mesmerising book. I found it impossible to put down, I was drawn in very quickly by the gripping tale and raw humanity of it. The later half of the book sees the author’s journey of spiritual awakening, the life after the illness, and adventures through love. Incredibly powerful messages emerge as she learns and grows, I felt as though I was on the ride with her and it was beautiful.
Some pages I immediately folded over at the corners, knowing that the truths in certain paragraphs were so powerful and that I would want to reread them again and again. Definitely one to read over and over, a book I will forever treasure. What an incredible woman Wendy is, truly inspirational.
Inspiring and Uplifting
An inspiring and uplifting story that helps you, as the reader, to place your own troubles in perspective and to consider that with love and surrender, we can find peace and joy. Wendy’s honesty, her integrity and her huge love and compassion – shine through this book and illuminate the lives of those reading it. Thoroughly recommend. I read it in one day! XXX
Must read! Written Straight from the Heart.
I loved the book! I rattled through it in a couple of sittings- I knew some of the story, or thought I did- but really had no idea of the resilience, open mindedness and hope that sustained Wendy through this awful experience. I can see now how Wendy has become the inspirational leader that she is. The book has made me realise again the value of positivity and story. A must-read.
Wendy is your average woman who is savagely afflicted with a flesh-eating disease that almost takes her life. The tragedy deepens into a life of turmoil: a near death experience (NDE) interspersed with contradicting emotions and negative body images and the love of her three adorable daughters.
Who will Wendy choose as her soulmate? Why has this happened to her? Is the NDE her answer to life’s problems and in overcoming them? A blunt and incredibly honest story from an incredibly brave woman who fights to find the answers.
Grabs you right from the start
I bought this book for my partner and now I’m a Vegas to Pearly Gates widower! She said it’s one of those rare books that grabs you from the very first page and draws you into its world. Excellent work Wendy Harrington – top job!
A must read for all!
What an amazing story! This book is phenomenal! It’s shows us hope, light, love and how we are in control of how we feel and how we use those powerful emotions.