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The Heart of a Mother Paperback – January 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Baby Hearts Press (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965250814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965250818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Anna Marie Jaworski's second son was born with a life-threatening heart defect in 1994 she searched for resources for parents that would provide her with information about her son's heart defect. The only resources she found all said babies with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) died in infancy. Anna knew that not all babies with HLHS died that young since she met a 2 year old HLHS survivor in the hospital when her son had his first open-heart surgery. Anna wrote "Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents" as the resource she sought for her husband and herself.

"My Brother Needs an Operation" was created when Anna was unable to find an appropriate resource to help her son, Joey, through his brother's second open-heart surgery when he was only three years old. The book can help siblings regardless of the reason their brother or sister is in the hospital. The book addresses the needs of the child who is left behind.

Anna Marie Jaworski also edited two anthologies of stories by men and women affected by congenital heart defects. "The Heart of a Mother" and "The Heart of a Father" helps women and men understand how to survive the complexities involved with finding out they (or their child or grandchild) have a heart defect. The books also deal with the day-to-day skills needed to raise a child with congenital heart defect but most importantly, the books provide hope and encouragement for anyone who lives with or loves someone with a congenital heart defect.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Gilmore on December 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
How does having a child with a Congenital heart defect change your life? Heart of A Mother may have the answers you are looking for.
Armed with the information that my son Matthew had a congenital heart defect I went in search of answers. I couldn't find any books that dealt with this subject from a Mother's standpoint. I wanted to know how it would effect our family life. I had heard the medical statistics and now I wanted to know from other Mother's how their children grew and developed. What can Matthew achieve? Should you question the doctors or do you just blindly follow them? I had hundreds of questions that only another mother, father, grandparent or child could help me with. Anna's book contains over 61 heartfelt stories written by people like you and me, carefully woven together by Anna to form the book Heart of A Mother.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By arwMommy on February 19, 2000
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You will no doubt be bombarded by medical information when you have a child with a congenital heart defect. While this info is crucial to making decisions about your child's medical care, it will not prepare you for the emotional journey of parenting a child with a CHD. This book helped me look forward for my son's future and remember the children we knew who didn't make it. Also look at [...] and [...] Good luck and may the angels watch over you as they have us....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vicki on August 25, 2001
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This is a book that all moms of children with heart defects should read at some time in their lives. It contains essays from "real moms" and their journeys with their "heart children". At times I thought I was reading about my own experiences of living with and caring for a child with a serious heart defect. It validated the feelings that I have and comforted me in knowing that I am not the only one going through this. Many of these essays will have you in tears, but others will have you experience the same joy these families have felt watching their children grow up into healthy, happy, productive adults, and to know that it can happen for my child is inspiring.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By esther smith on March 8, 2002
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Don't waste your money on this one. The Heart of a Mother is nothing more than a collection of personal stories - many of them boring and filled with detailed medical info about specific kids that are confusing and irrelevant. Many of the stories are sad and distressing, others are just poorly edited.
Why buy something like this when you can read personal stories for free on the Internet?
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