A Child with Brain Damage, a Young Man with Mental Illness, a Son and Brother with Extraordinary Spirit
by Donna Kirk
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During the first few weeks after Matthew Kirk was born -- brain-damaged as a result of oxygen deprivation during delivery -- the doctors advised his parents, Donna and Ed Kirk, to put him in an institution, have another baby as soon as possible, and get on with their life. But what the doctors didn't understand was that Matthew was their life.
Indeed, as he grew, he would surprise everyone with his athletic good looks, spirited personality, and supreme ability to create joy and love as so many people gathered around to help him through his physical and mental struggles.
Now, with the publication of this clear-eyed, laugh-inducing, and heart-tugging book, Donna Kirk recounts the story -- the love story -- of how she and her family found Matthew, and how he found them.
- BPS Books, October 2012
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