My Child Needs a Transplant, Now What?


Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
184 Pages
Reviewed on 07/03/2010
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

Tandy and James Owen have written a valuable resource book for parents and relatives of children undergoing organ transplants. The book is not of professional quality, and yet, it is believable. As little Jessica goes through the procedures and symptoms related to her rare liver disorder, her parents describe what to expect regarding assistance available and preparations for the actual liver transplant.

Because children all respond differently to such procedures, the book should not be intended to be a "this is what will happen to your child" resource book. However, there are many good suggestions related to support systems and financial expectations which should help to inform parents in situations such as those faced by the Owen family. In many instances, the authors do not provide vital information (such as what happens to other family members) and at other times, the text appears redundant and overly-detailed.

The book will appeal to a limited group of readers, but that group will be grateful for the time the Owen's took to write their story.