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Mending a Broken Heart

SKU: T9098
In 2004, Nadine’s son, Zack, was born with severe and complex congenital heart defects (CHD). He underwent major cardiac surgery when he was only ten days old. He developed complications and for many weeks his life hung in the balance.

In 2004, Nadine’s son, Zack, was born with severe and complex congenital heart defects (CHD). He underwent major cardiac surgery when he was only ten days old. He developed complications and for many weeks his life hung in the balance. He received his life-saving surgery at Sunninghill Hospital. Sunninghill Hospital is also the home of the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) which, over the years, has funded surgery for children from all over Africa. This unit remains the only hope for the many children born with CHD on the African continent. The WSPCF is an oasis of excellence and a national treasure where a dedicated team of professionals strive every day to improve the lives of African children.

Due to the severity of his cardiac defect, Zack has undergone further open-heart surgery. This book is about their journey: Nadine’s and Zack’s. It is a story of parental love and the accompanying fear of loss. It is about the enduring presence of hope, the importance of family and the will to prevail under difficult circumstances.

Paediatric cardiology is an incredible field progressing at an amazing pace providing children with even the severest forms of CHD a chance at a normal life. This is a truly South African story; about Africans healing other Africans. It is a story that will appeal to parents everywhere, especially those of ‘special’ children – those who have had life-threatening disease.

About the Author
Nadine Raal
is a Johannesburg based freelance writer and mother. From 1993 to 2001 she fronted the country rock band Famous Curtain Trick touring with the likes of Bryan Adams and Roxette. Her columns and articles have appeared in publications such as ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Femina, SL, Shape and The Big Issue.

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Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Nadine Raal
ISBN: 9781770099098
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431401796
Size (mm): 212x136mm
Pages: 232pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011-02-11