On 3 July 1992 two cars collided on a country road between Crosshands and Llandeilo. The victim, Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones, who was at the time, ... Show synopsis On 3 July 1992 two cars collided on a country road between Crosshands and Llandeilo. The victim, Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones, who was at the time, the Head of the Education Department at Aberystwyth University was left paralysed. He faced months in hospital, together with the prospect of loss of career and lifestyle. In Accident the story of the family's heartache is retold by his wife, Kath Jones. Although Accident is a personal story, it is also the experience of the police, hospitals, doctors, nurses and fellow patients; it describes pain and progress, incredible support and occasional cruelty. In her own words, Kath Jones gives a true account of the first few months after the accident. The author is frank about her feelings and there is no self-pity or shallow sentiment in her heart-wrenching story. Interspersed with the chronological account are interludes that try to put the momentous impact of permanent paralysis into perspective. The 'before and after' situations show the catastrophic effects of such an event e.g. the way family holidays have to be transformed into carefully planned operations. This book deals with the hard reality of disability. For every copy of Accident sold a contribution is made to the Spinal Injuries Association, which were of great support to the family in the immediate aftermath of the accident and subsequently.
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