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Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle Hardcover – November 2, 2010

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When her 22-year-old son Ned was seriously injured in a 2005 car accident, Rogers's well-organized life changed forever. Ned suffered spinal cord injury, major brain trauma, and organ damage, and doctors didn't expect him to live. Rogers refuses to give up, her stubborn resolve eventually turning into hope upon learning of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. Ned is put on the waiting list for a year, and regains his ability to speak and eat solid food, though severe nerve pain hampers his recovery. Finally he meets Kasey, a capuchin monkey. Rogers's younger daughters see Kasey as a pet, and Rogers envisions "an elaborate Golden Monkey Myth" in which Kasey answers all their prayers. When Kasey moves in for "Monkey Boot Camp," he proves a lively newcomer, upsetting the delicate hierarchy of the home, and Rogers learns more about the proper care, feeding, and bathing of monkeys than she ever imagined. Ned builds a bond with Kasey, the monkey slowly helping him to regain confidence and some physical abilities. Although Rogers's pace slows in spots and she doesn't always avoid cliché, her story is engaging and poignant. (Nov.)
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In this inspirational memoir, supermom Rogers tells the story of her son, Ned, a University of Arizona senior who drives his car into a brick wall and sustains a severe spinal cord injury. Halfway through the book, Kasey arrives. A trained capuchin who loves unclasping jewelry and hates getting baths, Kasey is spunky and adorable but hardly the star of the show. The title should read “Ellen to the Rescue,” because the tale is much more about the mom than the monkey. She moves mountains for her son, even if she can seem obnoxious. For example, she uses her cell phone in the ICU after a nurse asks her not to. Her chronicle is at its best when it focuses on Ned, who takes up the mission of talking to young kids, and warning them to wear helmets and seat belts. In the end, this schmaltzy tale of a therapeutic monkey, a tenacious mom, and a grateful son will make readers more fully appreciate the blessings in their lives. --Karen Springen

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401323413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323417
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am Ned Sullivan's Aunt Lynn (as well as his God Mother).

Ned is an inspiration to me in so many ways. This book tells the story of the challenges a family faces in crisis. The way the universe layed out the events leading up to Kasey (the capuchin helper monkey) coming to live with their family is mind boggling. The joy she has brought to them is fascinating even when the challenge of her care seemed monumental and unmanagable at times.

My sister Ellen's courage and determination (as well as her sense of humor) is remarkable. My nephew's positive attitude and consistant drive to keep waking up with a purpose ... his decision to find reason to smile another day ... his intense focus on doing his PT today better than yesterday ... his desire to nuture and be nurtured by his companion Kasey and to hold on to the dream of walking again ... inspires me.

I loved this book. It keeps me focused on what is important in life.
This book is a real life story of love. Pure and simple.
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Until I read this book I had no idea that monkeys are being used as service animals for people with spinal cord injuries. There are so many things these animals can do - change cd's, turn the tv on and even scratch an itch just to start the list.

The biggest hurdle is the time it takes for the monkey and his new family to bond. It doesn't happen overnight and its far from easy.

Ned Rogers suffered a SCI in a car accident. When his mother learned about this program she felt it could be the answer for her family. With Ned at home requiring constant care, undependable nursing assistants, a family of 5 and 2 dogs, Ellen Rogers was ready to try anything.

This wonderful book describes their acceptance into the program and Kasey's introduction into this busy household. It didn't all go smoothly and at times it seemed that Kasey was just one more major problem. But Ellen takes us through the ups and downs and untimately the great love that forms between Ned and Kasey,

This is the story of a determined family, a courageous son and a monkey with character and a lot to give. Ellen Rogers describes the struggle - highs and lows - with honesty and great emotion. It wasn't easy but the end result is amazing.
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This memoir written by a mother after a catastrophic accident to her son feels both candid and incredibly tender. Not every mother's worst nightmare (thank God, he survived), it's still pretty high on the list of things we *don't* want our children to face. Rogers gives us a window into the horrors and frustrations, as well as the joys. Not overly medical, she shares the overall perspective, the impact of the accident not only on her son's body but on the lives of her loving and chaotic family.

The story of Kasey does not make up as large a part of this book as you might expect, although Ellen Rogers does wisely weave information about her background through the early chapters of her story, in which Kasey does not feature. The title may be a little misleading; Kasey is an important part of Rogers' story, but this isn't the story of a "monkey and a miracle" so much as it is the remarkable story of hard work, love, and dedication that go into giving a paralyzed young man the best outcome they possibly can. The monkey that brings Ned Rogers such joy certainly matters, but any rescuing in this book is performed by the mother who bathes the monkey and feeds her, who drops everything to fly out to be by her son's side and transforms her life for love of him.

A few notes for potential readers: Rogers is honest, but not maudlin. She does not wallow in emotions, though she shares them, but focuses rather on the practicalities. There *is* a certain amount of luck here, beginning with the fact that the Rogers family has access to money (and friends or acquaintances with private planes), which opens options to them that less fortunate families would not have. (I don't begrudge them it in the least bit!
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As a recent member of Planet Motherhood, I identified with this book right from the beginning. Ellen Rogers is a divorced mother of five and former marketing executive who suddenly finds herself living a parent's next-to-worst nightmare: her eldest son, Ned, is rendered a quadriplegic after a car accident while studying in college several hundred miles away from home. The whole family's world is turned upside down without warning, and Rogers must include in her long list of responsibilities serving as a personal care assistant for her son.

Amidst all the chaos of raising a couple of still teenage daughters and another son just starting college, while also caring for Ned, Rogers finds out about "Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled", an organization dedicated to train and provide highly intelligent and sociable monkeys as helpers to seriously disabled people so that they can lead more independent lives. There's a waiting list, however, and after almost a year of waiting and several situations that make everything seem harder, the family finally gets Kasey, a highly trained monkey with a diva attitude to match. While learning the ropes of caring for this demanding little animal, and about the rigid social hierarchy of monkey world, this close-knit family of six (plus two dogs) must also learn that forging emotional bonds, even between animals and humans, requires time and patience. The strict routines into which the family must acquiesce in order to keep Kasey happy and functioning at a high level give much needed structure to a formerly improvising team. What shines through in this story is the fierce love among all the family members, including the teenage sisters, who sometimes come across as spoiled brats.
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