New book sheds light on struggles with stroke recovery

In a riveting exploration of the human spirit’s resilience and a family’s dedication, Frontiers: The Journey of Two Surgeons Through Stroke, authored by local surgeons Drs. Siva Murugappan and Prema Samy, is now available for sale.

This compelling book delves into the poignant and often challenging experiences faced by stroke survivors, offering a unique perspective from a surgeon who has not only treated, but personally triumphed, over the devastating effects of a stroke, officials with the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation say.

Dr. Siva Murugappan, a well-known Chatham-Kent surgeon with over 20 years of experience, and his wife, Dr. Prema Samy, an Otolaryngologist surgeon, draw on their expertise and personal encounter with stroke, to guide readers through a profound narrative of hope, recovery, and the unwavering determination to reclaim life after a debilitating medical event.

Frontiers skillfully combines medical knowledge with heartfelt storytelling, providing readers with invaluable insights into stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Key highlights of Frontiers: The Journey of Two Surgeons Through Stroke include:

– Personal Journey, Professional Insight: Dr. Siva Murugappan and Dr. Prema Samy, married for 30 years, share their personal struggle with stroke, offering readers a unique perspective on the challenges faced as both a patient and caregiver, and medical professionals, trying to negotiate the hurdles back to practice.

– Inspirational Story: Through a real-life account of surviving a stroke, readers gain a deeper understanding of the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of a supportive community during the recovery process.

“We wanted to write about our story. In 2017, our lives changed. My husband, a very busy and dedicated surgeon in the community, was in the hospital seeing a patient,” said Dr. Prema Samy, wife to Dr. Murugappan, in a media release.

“The staff noticed he was unsteady and had facial weakness and immediately realized he was having a stroke. From this moment on, our lives were never the same. Frontiers is our story of perseverance and resiliency,” said Dr. Murugappan, in a media release.

“We are both surgeons in our community and the stroke changed our lives forever. Our story highlights our personal struggles with the effects of stroke, but also the challenges a surgeon faces when trying to get back to practice. This story is a testament to who we are as a family, but also the courage and determination it takes to stay on course.”

Books are available for purchase at the following locations:

– Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Gift Shops – Chatham and Wallaceburg Sites

– Official Website:

Also available for sale on, the Friesen press bookstore, and

$5 from the sale of each book will be donated to Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s (CKHAF) Stroke Unit Fund.

“Frontiers is an inspired and powerful way for Drs. Murugappan and Samy to share their story and spread hope and help to others dealing with similar circumstances, not only here in Chatham-Kent, but all over the world,” stated Christine Colautti, President & CEO of CKHAF, in a media release.

“By donating a portion of the proceeds from each book sale to the Foundation’s Stroke Unit Fund, they are helping to ensure that local stroke patients continue to receive the high-quality care that they deserve. We are so grateful for their generosity and commitment to local healthcare.”

Just in time for the holiday season, a book signing event will take place in early December, providing local residents with an opportunity to pick up a great gift for a loved one.

More details about this book signing will be released in the coming days.

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