Megan's Ponderings

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Book Review: Healing Hearts


Have you ever gone through a situation where you long for support and it comes in the most unlikely place? This book, Healing Hearts by Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh, illustrates a special bond between 8 moms and their unlikely relationship with a compassionate doctor. Dr. Nikaidoh, a pediatric heart surgeon, collected stories from mothers who lost children during his time at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Not all these children were his patients, but Dr. Nikaidoh had a major impact on each mother’s healing process. Even through Dr. Nikaidoh’s personal experiences, he relates to each mother’s struggle to see beyond the devastation of losing a child and continue living in light of their child’s legacy.

As a mom, Healing Hearts was a difficult read. For these mothers to put their thoughts and feelings onto paper was truly courageous and inspiring. I appreciated their willingness to be transparent in communicating their experiences. However, when I read the summary of the book, I was expecting more of Dr. Nikaidoh’s perspective on how these experiences helped him through his tragedy rather than how he supported these mothers. What inspired Dr. Nikaidoh to include these particular experiences rather than countless other patient experiences?

Overall, I would recommend this book to any parent who’s lost a child, especially to a heart condition. Gaining perspective from another parent who’s been through a similar situation may be the encouragement one needs to go on after a tragic loss.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Ambassador International.


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