’This would be a relevant book for a student nurse or trained nurse researching care within the end of life care pathway’
Title: Proof of Angels
Author: Ptolemy Tompkins and Tyler Beddoes
Publisher: Simon and Schulster
Reviewer: Jane Brown, quality governance manager, clinical support, Worcester Acute NHS Trust
What was it like?
The author bases this book on a Spanish Fork, Utah accident- which made worldwide headlines. Rescuers were thought to hear a woman’s voice asking for help. This voice was from a lady who had died after her vehicle had crashed into the icy river. What was remarkable was that the rescuers found a baby girl alive belonging to the dead lady. The child had survived beyond odd for some fourteen hours. The officer Beddoes was convinced the voice he heard was that of an angel- it could not be the dead woman or the baby.
The authors describe “messengers” as angels- the author believes that day he was given a message.
The authors base the book on this story. They also intertwine this with other relevant thought provoking stories.
What were the highlights?
In this age of technology and communication this for the reader is comforting and the fact the rescue was recent – in 2015. Was this a miracle and do we need to open our minds up to accept this? In dealing with patients at the end of life, I have experienced patients telling me they saw dead relatives who were in their words saying they were waiting on them. Whether people believe or not this book certainly gave food for thought.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I found this book really powerful; sadly we have no real proof of angels but suffice to say we are not alone.
It is a really interesting read, you wonder how the little girl will grow up and if she will have any sense of what occurred.
Who should read it?
This would be a relevant book for a student nurse or trained nurse researching care within the end of life care pathway. It is a beautifully written book; but it can be painful at times.
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