“My journey to motherhood began with a siren flashing, horn-blaring ride to the emergency room of a hospital. Within a day, everything I had imagined for the birth of my child changed.”
In June of 2004, graduate student Sola Olu was expecting. She was primed to receive a hard-won graduate degree from DePaul University. And, she was entering the third trimester of pregnancy with her first child. Amid the shimmering expectancy, one unexpected event turned her summer into a daze of apprehension and emotional agony.
When Sola went for an essentially routine visit to her doctor twenty-eight weeks into her pregnancy, she felt, at worst, a little tired. Instead, she was soon to deliver her daughter Angel at a perilously premature time. From the birth, Sola and her husband Chris were thrust into an unimaginable odyssey spanning seven months, several surgeries, and a painful imposed separation with their physically compromised newborn fighting daily to gain critical strength.
Punctuated by the actual medical reports during Angel’s protracted development, The Summer Called Angel provides intimate, hands-on details of the complexity of preeclampsia and prematurity as well as the emotional toll taken on parents who must witness their tiny baby struggle for life. With equal parts remorse and resolve, Sola and Chris struggle along, with the sole, all-consuming focus on their daughter’s survival. Throughout, Sola’s ever-growing knowledge of every new medical challenge underscores a love that knows no bounds of knowledge or time.
The Summer Called Angel also touches on Sola’s second premature birth and the emotional toll that ensues. Through everything the family is able to triumph and share their experiences to bring hope to others.
With candor and incandescence, The Summer Called Angel serves as a powerful tribute to maternal love in the face of unexpected challenges. It is certain to offer strength to readers attempting to process prematurity in their lives—and salve to those who have undergone a similar experience. All in all, rare and profound celebration of devotion is certain to resonate with parents everywhere.
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Published November 15, 2012
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help.