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According to the CDC, Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) is the most common birth defect, which poses extraordinary challenges to the child and family concerned. Parents of these children will understand that having such a struggle in life makes the child extra special. In Extra Special Heart: Highlighting the Beauty and Strength of a Child Born with a CHD, Congenital Heart Defect by Carli Valentine, the reader learns about some of the battles. The strength that is needed to survive is exceptional. However, each child and family affected by CHD are superheroes. My son is differently-abled, and I believe the details of this book equally apply to all those in similar situations. Notice that they are not disabled because they can still do unbelievable things but in a different manner. Spend time with these special children and learn what true love and acceptance mean. This attitude continues throughout adulthood for those who survive that long.
What is inside the heart of a child born with a Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)? S-T-R-E-N-G-T-H! Although often physically weak, these are some of the strongest children you will ever meet. They go through so much that it is hard to comprehend all their struggles. They may have heart surgery, testing, and therapy, but the one thing they tend to have in common is a smile. They share love and hope. They are the definition of hope. They overcome so much that those who know them stand in awe of their superhero strength. Other children can learn much from differently-abled children. Contentment, acceptance, unconditional love, and more virtues naturally flow from them. I highly recommend reading Extra Special Heart by Carli Valentine with your children and discussing how to treat those who are different.