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Helen's Illness

Jacqueline Worswick

in A House Called Helen

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632357
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632357.003.0002
Helen's Illness

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This chapter introduces the girl Helen, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was still a child. It presents the details of the operation to remove the tumour and the difficulties faced by the family during this ordeal. After the operation, Helen spent the next ten days in the special care unit. The days she was there were pervaded by a sense of timelessness. For a long while, Helen remained in a coma. It was when Helen had been in the special care unit for several days that Jacqueline first met Frances, then Mother Frances Dominica, the Reverend Mother of All Saints Convent, an Anglican convent in East Oxford. To talk to somebody outside the hospital and also outside the immediate circle of relatives, someone who wanted to get an idea of what the real Helen was like, was hugely comforting.

Keywords: Helen; brain tumour; special care unit; Mother Frances Dominica; comatose

Chapter.  7726 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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