Tony Redmond is one of the few truly good people you will ever meet.
His is a story of tireless hard work and astonishing bravery across wars, refugee crises, air crashes, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoes, and disease outbreaks for over thirty years. Featuring stories of hope and redemption, as well as untold suffering and mismanagement, this unique account could only have been written one who has for decades performed incredible feats of altruism.
His raw, honest book takes the reader from the wards of Manchester’s Nightingale hospital to Kosovo, from Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak to Kashmir, and from Haiti to the Philippines, finding its author risking life and limb to help those affected by events beyond their control.
But while humanitarian work and medicine require an innate goodness, not all those involved have benign motives. And saving lives requires difficult choices: between the desire to relieve suffering and the need to weigh up the context. Too often medical aid is found wanting, doing more harm than good.
How are life-or-death choices made in the heat of the moment? What are the consequences of your action, or inaction? Is it better at times to do nothing? How do you live with yourself if you want to help but can’t? This is a frank account of the personal toll – physical, mental and social – frontline medicine levies on those who choose to do it. But ultimately, it offers a tale of optimism, persistence and triumph over adversity, speaking to the resilience and fortitude of those who help and those whose lives they save.
I found this a remarkable story about such an inspiring man. From this story we get a rare and eye opening insight into what the world knows very little about. The compassion and dedication is remarkable the whole way through this book. I felt as though I have learnt a great deal about things that I knew very little about. DR Tony Redmond is such an inspiration to the world and to me and I feel very honored to be able to shout out about his incredible work and life. There are parts to this book that are sad but that’s life and we have to deal with these things as they come along, but the incredible work DR Tony has done is awe inspiring. A book that will stay with me and I would recommend it to many people.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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