GINNY: A True Story by Mary Carson

GINNY: A True Story

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ginny is one of those heartstopping accounts of seemingly hopeless incapacitation and recovery through hope and faith after Ginny, then six (one of Mrs. Carson's eight children under twelve) was run over by a truck and given a one-in-a-million chance to get through the night. The days in a coma stretched into weeks, of intensive care, and then months; on top of all the maimed parts of her body, there was a case of chicken pox festering under the casts -- with other permanent injuries (an eye, a kidney) as well as the major problem -- Ginny had to be taught to talk and walk again. Adding another irreversible insult to injury -- there's Mrs. Carson's baby Roberta (a pen now thrown through her eye and an operation) who proved to be mongoloid. Somehow through the prayers and the tears (""And as always in joy, I filled with tears"") Mrs. Carson maintains her spiritual rationale of suffering; re Roberta -- ""It was good that she would be a baby for a long time"" -- and there are others, ever since Dale Evans, who will respond to this mother's overwhelming courage and tenacious belief.

Pub Date: Jan. 14th, 1971
Publisher: Doubleday