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Q: NICU babies - novella ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: NICU babies - novella
Category: Health > Children
Asked by: grammyp5-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 21 Feb 2005 10:59 PST
Expires: 23 Mar 2005 10:59 PST
Question ID: 478200
In the mid-1990's, I read a small book about 2 babies in NICU.  One of
the babies did the "talking" and in the end one baby died.  The father
of a NICU baby wrote the book.  I thought the name of the book was
Silent Sam or something like that but I have searched book stores and
the internet and cannot find it.  It means a whole lot to me because I
have a granddaughter who was in NICU for 82 days and is not 11 years
old.  Please, please help me find this book.

Request for Question Clarification by juggler-ga on 21 Feb 2005 19:15 PST

A few questions...

Did you read this book while your granddaughter was in NICU (circa
1994) or after that?

Where did you get this book?  Library?  Bookstore?  

What country are you in?
Subject: Re: NICU babies - novella
Answered By: juggler-ga on 22 Feb 2005 02:26 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Ignore my earlier request for clarification.

Jennings, International Thomson Publishing, 1995.

"In a neonatal intensive care unit, two newborns are lying side by
side, fighting for their lives..."
source: Arkon Children's Hospital

"Has anybody here ever read the book "Big George: Autobiography of an
Angel" by James Jennings? that is my favorite all time book. It is
based on a true story, and written from the baby's viewpoint. Reading
it really makes you stop and think about how things we do may feel to
the baby, and also made very real to me the spirit inside of those
little bodies."

Buy the book from

search strategy:
"two newborns" novel

grammyp5-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! You can't imagine what this means
to me, considering Sarah's experience. I have searched for this book
for years and years.  I will certainly buy at least 2 books - one for
me and one for Sarah when she is older.I wish I could give you 10

Subject: Re: NICU babies - novella
From: bobbie7-ga on 21 Feb 2005 14:49 PST
Could the book that you have in mind be Saul? 

Product Description:

"There are so many stories to tell, aren't there? Mine is a good one,
so I'm going to remember it all: the good bits, the funny bits, and
the bits I want to stay buried. Because I did it, didn't I? The
hardest bit I did all on my own.

Saul weighed only 1 pound, 4 ounces when he was born, and fit into the
palm of the midwife's hand. But he arrived kicking and screaming --
and clearly wanted to live.

Told from the baby's point of view, Saul is the fictional memoir of a
child who was born after only twenty-three weeks in the womb."


"Rosemary Kay's unclassifiable book--equal parts novel, biography, and
autobiography--is an imaginative first-person memoir of a premature
baby's experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit of an English
hospital. Saul, the author's son, was born after only 23 weeks'
gestation, weighing just one pound, four ounces. Instead of being
bundled into his loving mother's arms after delivery, he was consigned
to a plastic incubator, with a ventilation tube running down his
throat, heart monitors taped to his chest, and liquid nourishment
dripping through an umbilical line."
Subject: Re: NICU babies - novella
From: juggler-ga on 22 Feb 2005 09:40 PST
Thank you very much for the tip and kind words. Best wishes to you and
your granddaughter!

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