Tuesday, April 02, 2013

"Becoming Karl": One family’s struggle with toxoplasmosis

“Becoming Karl: A brain-injured baby's journey to recovery” is a wonderful book written by Norma Delgarno about her son, Karl. In 1966, Karl was born with severe complications stemming from toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is caused by a single-celled parasite (Toxoplasma gondii) that can cross the placenta if a woman becomes infected for the first time during her pregnancy. The prognosis for Karl was poor and doctors claimed that he would be incapable of learning, requiring constant care the rest of his life.

With vibrant prose, Norma shares her journey of what it was like to raise a child born with such a devastating infection and brain injury. With unwavering love and determination, Norma tirelessly worked against the odds to give her son as close to a “normal” life as possible. Her writing is often poetic and humorous, making the book all the more engaging. This is a moving and inspirational documentary that anyone would enjoy, especially those affected by toxoplasmosis or other neurological disease.

The book is available through Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions.

More information about the author

Karl’s art

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