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Saving Zali - Lisa Venables

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Saving Zali is a mother’s account of every parent’s worst nightmare: a diagnosis of cancer with a shocking prognosis.

In 2009, Lisa and Andrew Venables were told that their eighteen-month-old daughter Zali had Langerhan’s cell histiocytosis, or LCH, a cancer resistant to chemotherapy and almost impossible to treat. Zali was given six weeks to live.

It was the beginning of a journey of heartache and bravery as Zali battled daily for her life in Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, with Lisa by her side at every step.

Although Zali survived her original prognosis, her condition worsened dramatically. Her medical team ran out of options. Lisa and Andrew were told their daughter had hours to live. But then a controversial treatment was proposed, a treatment never before used for Zali’s condition. What happened next was a medical miracle that proved that the extraordinary is possible.

Heartfelt and beautifully told, this is the story of medical dedication, a child’s tenacity and a mother’s love.

About the Author

Lisa Venables is a former policewoman with the Victoria Police. She now works for the emergency services. She lives in New South Wales with her family.

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4.0

Inspirational

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    Saving Zali is an honest, moving account of the recovery of a toddler from a disease that is normally fatal. Mother of Zali, Lisa Venables, manages to draw you straight into her miraculous story with her easy, frank style. Her hope and love in the face of heartbreak is all the more moving for her surprising humour. Any mother couldn't help but be transfixed and inspired by her bravery and that of her daughter.

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    5.0

    A truly inspirational story.

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    • Heart wrenching
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      This true life story is so well written that you go through every emotion that Zali and her family went through on this journey.

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      5.0

      An Amazing Story of Love and Courage

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      • Engaging characters
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        Saving Zali is the true story of a little girl who fought for her life and her amazing family who never gave up on her. The book is very well written and easy to follow and with each chapter you can feel their pain.
        It's also an insight into the Westmead Children's Hospital and the world class medical team who everyday, fight to save the lives of the children in their care.
        I am in awe of everyone involved in this medical miracle, and of the little girl who survived and is today, happy and healthy. May she continue to be so!

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        5.0

        WOW! What an amazing book

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          Such a great book. Such a great story. Such a strong family. You think you are not strong enough to handle difficulties? You think you don't have a second chance? Well read this book and you 'll change your mind...

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          ISBN: 9781742612904
          ISBN-10: 1742612903
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 352
          Published: 1st April 2014
          Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3  x 2.7
          Weight (kg): 0.52