For a couple of weeks, Matthew Ames didn’t feel well. The busy father of four young children knew things were not quite right but suddenly he was in Emergency, with a severe case of toxic shock syndrome – the common bacteria Strep A had entered his bloodstream and his body had gone into shutdown. He was put into an induced coma and the only way he could be kept alive was to have all his limbs amputated.
Diane Ames knew exactly what her husband would want and that he would cope – he had always been optimistic and practical. Despite a one per cent chance of survival, she asked the doctors to go ahead with the radical operation. And so began the inspiring story of an ordinary family’s
courage and determination to make the most of a terrible situation.
What happened to Matthew could happen to anyone. But not everyone would accept what life offers and pursue possibilities in the way that he does. Matthew has astounded doctors with his recovery and adaptation to a new way of living. And he has never once questioned Diane’s decision – it gave him the chance to truly understand how much family matters and to appreciate humanity.
Will to Live is remarkable true story that will change the way you look at life.