“My name is Charles W Pearce and I am the author of the book entitled Kirsty: A Fathers Fight for Justice. I was very fortunate to stumble upon iUniverse in my quest for a publisher and even more fortunate to stumble upon a really first class Publishing Consultant who goes by the name of George Nedeff, without his support and continuous encouragement my story would never have been told; there were times when I wanted to give up because the subject matter was too painful but George did not allow that to happen and I am most grateful to him for that. Mr Chairman, I would like you to know that your company is soon to aired on British TV with my holding my book, it also I believe will be mentioned in the Sunday Mirror this week there will be a picture there with myself holding the lovely book that your company published for me.
Thank you and your staff for the dedication and professionalism of everybody associated with the publication of what was a major achievement in my life.
Thank you all”.
iUniverse Blog now takes a look at the man behind these kind words and the heartbreaking cause that lies behind the book.
Parents who fought 8 years for justice for their late daughter tell their story
“I think Kirsty would have been proud of me”.
Those are the words of Chas Pearce, who has just published a book about his 17-year-old daughter who died at Basildon Hospital after a series of failings.
The devoted father, who lives in Pitsea, has spent eight years fighting for justice for Kirsty, who died in 2003.
The book, from iUniverse Publishing called Kirsty: A Father’s Fight for Justice, goes into depth about Chas and wife Peggy’s battle to get the doctors who looked after Kirsty on that fateful night to admit they did things wrong.
Kirsty, who had learning difficulties, died after doctors failed to realise the seriousness of her condition, and did not send her to the intensive care unit until it was too late.
In November last year an inquest finally took place and concluded failings in the care Kirsty received contributed to her death. Mr Pearce said:
“At first, the book just started as something for family and friends, so everyone would know what we had been through. But the story has got bigger and lots of people have become interested and want to know what happened to Kirsty.
It is a real relief to see the book in published form. Peggy and I are very pleased to have got to this point. We have used our favourite picture of Kirsty on the front cover of the book and I think she would have been really proud. She would have said ‘you kicked butt dad’.”
Mr and Mrs Pearce recently met Government health minister Paul Burstow to talk about the workings of the General Medical Council. The couple are urging the Government to reform the way doctors are investigated after the death of patients.
Mr Pearce said:
“I hope the book will mean no family will experience what my family and Kirsty went through. The book is also a loving remembrance of a girl who suffered much pain in her young life, but who was honest, funny, and brave. More than that, it shows how life can change dramatically without warning.”
Local Tory MP Stephen Metcalfe has been helping the family in their fight.
“I hope the book will stand as a timeless memorial to Kirsty. Although there have been some improvements in the hospital treatment those with learning disabilities receive, the book will also act as a reminder there is always more to do when caring for those with particular needs.
When I heard of Kirsty’s case I was shocked and appalled such a loving child had been so let down by the system she was depending on to save her life. To compound that, for the family to still be waiting for justice more than eight years later is not right. We must all do more to stop this ever happening again.”