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Kika & Me: How One Extraordinary Guide Dog Changed My World Copertina flessibile – 4 marzo 2021
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'Inspiring and compelling . . . rekindles one's faith in human nature' - Andrew Marr
'An incredible story of courage, perseverance and, ultimately love' -Sun
'The most moving book of the year' - The Lady
Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after he's assaulted, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly adapts to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes along . . .
But Kika’s stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy – could her quirky personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations – can he trust a dog with his safety? Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back.
From the challenges of travelling when blind to becoming a parent for the first time, Kika & Me is the moving, heart-warming and inspirational story of Amit’s sight-loss journey and how one guide dog changed his world.
Dr Amit Patel is a disability rights campaigner, fundraiser, motivational speaker and independent diversity and accessibility consultant. Amit studied medicine at Cambridge University and qualified as a trauma doctor, specializing in emergency medicine and major incidents. During med school Amit was diagnosed with keratoconus, which is usually easily treated with a corneal transplant. However, Amit was one of the rare individuals for whom the transplants rejected and he was registered severely sight impaired (blind) just one year after getting married in 2013. After coming to terms with his own sight loss, Amit set out to help others who were new to sight loss, through volunteering with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Amit is married to Seema and together they have a two children. Kika & Me is his first book.
Kika is a white Labrador who has been matched to Amit since September 2015.
- Editore : Pan Macmillan (4 marzo 2021)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 286 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 1529021235
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529021233
- Peso articolo : 246 g
- Dimensioni : 13 x 2.03 x 19.71 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 584 in Disabilità
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The book was on my to-read-list but I kept seeing comments on how good the book was so I started reading it straightaway.
I finished the book in a day, I couldn't put it down. I had tears in my eyes especially the first moment they met.
I enjoyed and learnt a lot; Amit's childhood, his successful career, Hindu culture, Seema's strength, the difficulties and the joys, the training that guided dogs and owners have to complete.
An amazing book which I think will approve people's understanding of VIP.
I already loved Kika and now I love her even more....
I had heard Amit's -very powerful- testimony at a conference on CBS a few months back (all will be revealed when you read the book) and when I later saw him interviewed on This Morning I just knew I had to buy his book. He's a very eloquent speaker.
From a professional perspective, I am truly indebted to him for having shown me what it's like to be 'on the other side of the fence' and tell it like it is - warts and all, with no sugar-coating whatsoever. The lack of empathy from some members of the general public actually left me in tears as I had always assumed, VERY naively it seems, that "do as you would like to be done by" was a given.
However, I also wish he had put an equal emphasis on the kindness he encountered ... I totally understand that these harrowing experiences would be indelible in his mind but I hope they won't put off too many newly blind people from exploring the world out there... It's the only slight concern I have, as, in 20 years of teaching the VI (visually impaired) how to use a long cane, I have only heard of one mugging (also on their first day out, with the same results - i.e. my client wouldn't dare go out again for 3 months). I just felt it was worth mentioning, even though the book does highlight that persevering through the storm will bring huge rewards. "No pain, no gain" is not a cliche' for nothing...
For anyone outside the field I think it will also be a great insight into what it takes to train a guide dog - financially and physically... and why distracting a working guide dog or tempting them with food, innocent as it may be, is to be frowned upon. As an animal lover myself, trust me, I totally get how tempting it can be, but even making eye contact with a guide dog can be very distracting.
All in all, a brilliant read and I sincerely wish Amit and his family all the very best for the future. His beautiful wife Seema is definitely 'one in a million' and the chapter on her perspective was a welcome addition. She's inspiring in her own rights and has probably raised the standards for all wives-to-be out there !!! Thank you BOTH xxx