Samizdat is co-publishing Freeing Teresa with Franke and Bill James. There is a complementary Freeing Teresa: Human Rights Should not be Disabled post on davidhealy.org. There has also been a prior RxISK post about Teresa – Human Rights Should be for Everyone. Today we will also add a Human Rights Category to RxISK posts.
Freeing Teresa is a true story about Franke’s battle to protect her younger sister, Teresa, who has Down syndrome. Ten years ago, based on incorrect health information, Teresa lost her right to decide where to live. Then, she was put involuntarily into long-term care. This was a terrible mistake.
I first met Teresa when she was a free agent, and then later when she lost her freedom and I have chatted to her regularly on Zoom since her liberation.
I got to read an early version of Freeing Teresa over 3 years ago and it set my pulse racing. This is a dramatic story that will have you turning pages and hoping it doesn’t end. It had me hoping from the beginning that Samizdat could play a part in publishing it.
The book tells the story of how Teresa lost her freedom,and how Teresa and Franke stood together to defend Teresa’s right to be free.
Fortunately the story doesn’t have to end soon. Teresa is still going strong, indeed going from strength to strength. In 2019 she won a Human Rights Award. This hopefully is just a first installment on the story.
The book comes with some great quotes. The photo here gives you a sample of these. In this case the quotes really do reflect the emotional impact of the book.
If I had to add a quote it would go like this:
This is one of the most moving and impressive books you will ever read. It centres on perhaps the most important thing in our world – Care, which is twice blessed, blessing her who gives and her who takes.
If the print is too small, the linked Overview gives you them all in easier to read format.
More About Freeing Teresa
and a link to Samizdat
In 2019, Teresa won a Human Rights Award – she has her own site here Teresa Heartchild. with its message Human Rights Should be for Everyone.