Special Heart is a deeply touching personal story told through the eyes of a journalist as he faces the most daunting challenge in life - far more frightening than reporting from battlefields, infinitely more momentous than interviewing newsmakers of the day: caring for his critically ill newborn son.
Baier reflects on past challenges as he looks forward with hope, chronicling the steps on his path to national prominence as a television anchor, as well as his unexpected journey into the world of pediatric cardiac disease. With the finely honed insight of a seasoned reporter, and the deep love of a husband and father, Baier shares with listeners the behind-the-scenes stories and emotional narrative of young Paul's life thus far, including the heart-wrenching fears and decisions he and his wife, Amy, have faced together. Surviving every parent's worst nightmare, Bret and Amy emerge - just like their brave young son - scarred but infinitely stronger, and clearly understanding what matters most in life. Reliving three open-heart surgeries and seven angioplasties, the story continues today as the Baier family faces a long road toward a normal, healthy life for Paul. Told by a loving father and master storyteller, this hope-filled account offers an inspirational glimpse into the family of a man who just happens to be someone millions turn to for the day's news.
One hundred percent of what the author receives from the sale of this book is donated to various non-profit pediatric heart causes.
"Nothing gives you perspective like a medical crisis affecting someone you love, especially a child. Bret's personal journey through an earth-shattering diagnosis and the triumph of faith, family, and modern medicine is both harrowing and hopeful." (Katie Couric, host of nationally syndicated television program, Katie, global anchor, Yahoo)
"Bret weaves an engaging love story around his son's life-and-death struggle with congenital heart disease and gives hope to all as he chronicles the remarkable medical advances that saved his son." (Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor and vice chair, surgery NYP/Columbia University and host of nationally syndicated television program, The Dr. Oz Show)
"Love conquers all things, and for Bret Baier's family, it helped heal his son's special heart. This is a story you'll never forget - about a child's devastating medical diagnosis - and his parents' courage to fight for their son and then give back to those who saved his life." (Norah O'Donnell, co-host, CBS This Morning)
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