Appendicitis: One Angry Worm, follows the successful 'battle' of an elementary school child against Appendicitis, or an infected appendix, which is depicted as an 'angry worm'. The story describes the child's journey in easy to understand language and vibrant illustration from the onset of symptoms, to diagnosis, to surgical treatment.
The book guides patients and caregivers through the typical hospital experience, to improve understanding of what may follow a diagnosis of appendicitis, helping to ease their fear and worry. It includes a glossary of 'Doctor Words' to provide helpful definitions of relevant medical terms in plain language, as well as a 'Facts' section containing important information, to supplement conversations with medical professionals. Additional special sections contain surgery facts, instructions for after surgery, and what to expect with perforated appendicitis (when the appendix ruptures).
Through science and colorful illustration, this book not only aims to empower patients and their families but is also an enjoyable and educational gift for kids who are curious to learn more about the fascinating world of medicine.
Thank you to an incredible pediatric surgeon, Dr. Daniel Bambini, for his support in writing this book.
This book was originally created with the support of Atrium Health.