Swimming With Maya: A Mothers Story (Capital Discovery)

Vincent, Eleanor

Published by Capital Books, 2004
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Synopsis: The hardcover edition of this book is no longer in print. Please see the new (2013) trade paperback and e-book editions of Swimming with Maya, which include a new "Afterword" from the author to bring readers up-to-date, and a "Reading Group Guide" for book discussion groups.

From the Author: "Maya's chest rises and falls. The ventilator hisses, the computers beep, fiber optic cable snakes into her skull. I never knew love could be so big, that it could expand to allow even this. I have a premonition of lifelong grief rolling toward me, but I know that, once again, I am being asked to give my daughter her freedom." - Swimming with Maya, Chapter 3

That was the moment I realized I had no right, nor any power, to hold my daughter here. I had to let her go. I gave in to her coma and ultimate death because they were hers not mine, a destiny I could never have imagined. That moment of surrender marked me for life.

Within hours, I was told that Maya was brain dead. I was asked to donate her organs and tissues to save strangers' lives, restore their sight, or improve their mobility. I said yes. Two years later I met the man who received my daughter's heart, his wife, and two children. As I listened to Maya's heartbeat in Fernando's chest, I experienced the powerful miracle of transplantation.

I believe we read to experience life vividly. Good writing puts us inside the mind and heart of the writer, creating a world we can inhabit, a safe space to vicariously experience another's life.

Swimming with Maya is vital testimony about how losses can be healed. It shows how even the most unthinkable loss contains the seeds of healing. If we choose life over death, if we reach out to others, and if we learn not to take disaster personally, we can earn how to go on, carrying our dear ones with us, to a place of wholeness.

- Eleanor Vincent

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Title: Swimming With Maya: A Mothers Story (Capital...
Publisher: Capital Books
Publication Date: 2004
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