I recently ordered a book written by a good friend of mine from college. I am planning to do a book review post next month after I’ve had time to read it but I thought that it was important to spend some time today giving a brief back story on why the book was written in the first place.
Mike and his wife Gloria welcomed baby Aaron into the world in November 2011. Aaron was born with a rare congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). What that basically means is that the left ventricle of Aaron’s heart was not developed. When an infant is diagnosed with HLHS, surgical intervention becomes a necessary requirement in an attempt to prolong the child’s life. Even with surgical management, survival is not guaranteed.
Aaron, his family, and his medical team at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, fought so hard for his survival but, unfortunately, he lost the battle in May 2012, on his six month birthday. This devastating loss inspired Mike to write a book, “My Heart Warrior: Living with HLHS Through a Father’s Eyes”. It outlines and documents their experience with baby Aaron.
I am confident that their story can help families touched by this heart wrenching condition and other medical issues. If you would like to read it along with me, you can purchase the book through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher. I’ve included links for each of those below. They also have several products available for purchase through their website: My Heart Warrior.
Mike donates a significant percentage of the profits from each purchase to both the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, North Carolina, and to Duke Children’s Hospital Cardiology Department, who provided so much support during Aaron’s care. Your purchase will help families dealing with medical crisis in the Raleigh/Durham area.
BookLocker Publisher (Available both electronically and on paperback)