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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.