Ben Palmer thought he had everything he could want when his beautiful wife Jessica gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, on 24th June 2004. Six days later Jessica died of multiple organ failure, caused by group A streptococcal septicaemia (childbed fever) which had remained undetected until it was too late. Instead of celebrating the new arrival, Ben was left mourning his wife, the mother of two children, Harry and Emily, he would now raise alone. In FRIDAY’S CHILD, published by Virgin Books in 2008, Ben tells his moving family story and of his fight to save other women from the combination of errors which resulted in Jessica’s death.
Ben lives with Harry and Emily in south-west London.