Ruptured Appendicitis: My Worm Exploded! follows an elementary school child and her successful ‘battle’ against ruptured appendicitis. Appendicitis, or an infected appendix, is depicted as an ‘angry worm’ to help younger readers and their friends and family better understand the condition, helping to ease their fear and worry.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 ruptured appendicitis, making their experience less scary. The end of the book contains a ‘Facts’ section with important information and answers to commonly asked questions, as well as what to expect before and after surgery, to supplement conversations with doctors.A glossary of ‘Doctor’s Words’ is also included to provide helpful definitions of relevant medical terms in plain language, along with a page to take notes for your own hospital experience, if applicable.
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.
$1 from every copy of Ruptured Appendicitis: My Worm Exploded! sold will be donated to Children's Surgery International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping communities in need by providing free medical and surgical services worldwide.