READ, WRITE A REVIEW! Inspiring, true! "I spoke soothing words and touched her pale fingers. The silent weeping stopped." The baby's chest heaved as she struggled to breathe. Airway scarring rendered spoken language impossible. Heather wasn't my child, but her distress tattered my heart. Fourteen months old, the little one lay swaddled in a blanket, forgotten and lost amongst unchanging hospital routines. A chance meeting turned tragedy to miracle. I wrote the book about our search to give the voiceless child a family, to find a surgeon who could reconstruct her airway. Otherwise she would never speak, never swim. When I met her, she'd never been outside, never seen the sun, never seen the moon. She could not even move a finger. She'd always lived in a hospital on a breathing machine, fed by a tube in her tummy. No one dared dreamed she might survive and have a family of her own. Might we adopt her? Were the damning prophecies true? Sometimes dreams come true, more fantastic than envisioned. Read and discover how Heather grows up to be a nurse. There is a newer subspecialty, pediatric otolaryngology. These ear, nose, and throat surgeons can restore voice and hearing. Dec 25, 2017 Janet Kortright rated it "it was amazing. I could NOT put this book down. I read it in one night. Start to finish. I felt like I was a part of the journey, the family. I will read this again and recommend it to others. A feel good story that shows they’re are good people in the world. To advocate for children. To stand your ground to get the care needed for your children." "This is a true story of hope, unconditional love, faith, as well as an exceptional family who would not take "No" for an answer. Ann writes beautifully with vision and descriptions that take you bedside with Heather, on family outings to the river, or just inside her home filled with laughter, scary moments with how fragile Heather was, the exhausting routine of life at that time, and finally the miracle of seeing Heather grow up." Kathy, Reader "We all have heroes in our lives—Ann and Heather are two of mine." Dr. Bruce Maddern "Heather’s story is heartwrenching, captivating, frustrating. I was impelled to read on to discover who would help or hinder her recovery. What I learned applauds the magical minds and hands of innovative surgeons. The story of perseverance is relevant to anyone who is facing a challenging obstacle." Dar Walks Out, Pine Ridge, SD About the Author: In 1993, Ann Giganti discovered the power of written words to reach far-flung individuals desperate for freedom from illness and isolation. Many people are unaware of the miracles bestowed by surgeons who restore voice and hearing. Thousands of children await a permanent home. Their sorrows motivated Ann to give speeches and publish features in prominent magazines. Publication credits include: Woman’s Day, Bildwoche, and Woman, nursing journals, and adoption literature. The American Academy of Otolaryngology accepted her master’s degree work, “Airway Suction: Not So Simple,” for one of two hundred research posters displayed at their national meeting. As a registered nurse, Ann worked with women giving birth, then switched to the in-home care of critically ill children. Unanswered questions nagged at her and prompted graduate school studies to become a nurse-practitioner. An accomplished nurse-practitioner, certified in both family practice and pediatrics, she has cared for more than fifty thousand patients. In Peoria, Illinois, she tended children undergoing critical heart surgery and those in lung failure. For ten years, Ann worked in general pediatrics with a physician who emigrated from India. Travel assignments take her to clinics in major cities or remote areas such as the Lakota Sioux Indian reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Ann resides with her family in a small beachside community on Florida’s east coast.