Miami, Florida (PressExposure) May 21, 2007 -- There are millions of families in the United States and abroad who must cope with a child's prematurity, developmental disabilities and other health-related issues. Sometimes, the greatest heroes come in the smallest packages.
This is an incredibly moving and inspirational story about tiny Rachel, born four months early at only 18 ounces. During the course of nine months in the neonatal intensive care unit, her weight fell to 14 ounces and she was not expected by her physicians to survive. This book was written though the eyes of Rachel's father, a Clinical Psychology and Professor at a leading medical school. It not only a remarkable account child's remarkable battle for survival and the challenges of special needs, but also a family's fantastic odyssey to China to adopt a sister.
Rachel's story is meaningful for those families whose lives have been affected by infertility, prematurity, developmental disabilities or adoption However, the powerful lessons that are taught will touch all persons who have ever confronted challenges that seemed bigger than themselves.
Dr. David Loewenstein is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and is the author of over 100 scientific publications and abstracts in the areas of aging, Alzheimer's Disease, cognitive rehabilitation and neuropsychological assessment.