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The Heart of a Father: Essays by Men Affected by Congenital Heart Defects Paperback – June 15, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baby Hearts Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965250830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965250832
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,958,105 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
If I were to give this book a title I could not think of a better one than it already has. "The Heart of a Father," totally describes what you will find inside the pages of this powerful work. I don't think for most of mankind anything is closer to our hearts than our children and grandchildren. We strive to give them a good life, to protect them, nurture them and enjoy watching them grow into productive adults. But what happens when something takes control of their lives and we have no power to stop it? That is what this book is about, and more.

Inside this book we will learn about CHD (congenital heart defects) and the devastating effects this enemy has on the children, and those who love them. The information acquired by this alone is worth reading this work, however, it goes deeper than that. This book goes literally into the heart of the matter, into the hearts of fathers and grandfathers of children who battle this enemy everyday of their lives. Think about it, even when your child gets a simple cold, or the flu, your world is stopped until it passes, but what happens when you don't know when or if the sickness attacking your child will ever stop? Thus is the case with CHD, a problem that is an ongoing battle.

The words in this book are heart words from fathers and grandfathers across the globe who are now, or have been in the clutches of this battle with the child they love. In their stories you will experience their joys at victories, their fear of failure, and at times their brokenness of defeat. They are bare and honest in their telling, sharing the frustration of standing by as a role of protector of family, and the complete feeling of helplessness they experience as the life of a child is taken away, and the battle is lost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I Berry on June 10, 2009
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This book touches the heart in more ways than can be counted. It is all about men and their dealings with congenital heart defects (CHD's) either of their own or of their children. I have had tears in my eyes several times as I have read these very touching essays. Anna has done a super job collecting some very emotional stories that offer insight and understanding for those of us facing such terrible situations. Bravo, gentlemen, Bravo! Thank you for sharing your personal accounts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Bradley on December 29, 2009
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When you think of heroes, we normally picture soldiers overseas, police officers in the line of duty, or even fire fighters amidst the flames. Sometimes we picture warriors fighting evil, like Hercules fighting the hydra. The Heart of a Father represents new heroes. It represents heroes unable to fight but by will power alone. It represents the heroes who will never remember their actions so much except by the words of others. The Heart of Father tells the stories of countless children who fight the battle against heart defects, these stories are told threw the father, who is a hero none the less, throwing his will to his new born child to be strong. Each page presents new obstacles to handle and the difficulties that go with it. The perception is unique, not many stories tells in the view of a father. Usually fathers are close off and reserved about themselves and their family. Each story tell the father's trials in overcoming this very unique situation. I would recommend this book for everyone.
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