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Becoming Karl

A Brain-injured Baby's Journey to Recovery


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Becoming Karl by Norma Delgarno
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"Dramatic, miraculous account of raising a brain damaged child." Purchased on Mighty Ape

Wonderful story of hope, love and tenacity. True life account of how a brain-damaged child, with a very poor medical prognosis, managed to defy the odds and live a normal life. This is a must read book for parents, grandparents or care givers who have any influence in the life of a brain damaged child. This book gives these people some hope.


Karl was born seriously damaged by toxoplasmosis. Barely alive at birth, he survived, but doctors said he would be ineducable. Today, forty-five-year-old Karl is articulate, talented, and living independently. In direct and flowing narrative, Norma Delgarno tells the story of her son: his traumatic birth and difficult neo-natal months; his early learning struggles; and the cognitive therapy which enabled him to cope with main-stream education and enter the work force, and finally, his development as an artist. Poignant and fascinating, this success story with its theme of one child's development against the odds, has universal implications: the plasticity of the human brain and its ability to repair and reorganise itself under the right stimuli; the vital role that music and language play in the development of cognitive and motor skills; and the resilience and strength of the human spirit under stress.
Release date NZ
December 10th, 2011
Country of Publication
New Zealand
black & white illustrations
Wildcat Publications
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