By Rena Arrigoni

The pediatric expert proven their worst fears: the Arrigonis child daughter Arlene had suffered irreversible eye, liver, and mind harm because of an undiagnosed start disorder. while Rena and Al Arrigoni left the doctor's place of work that April morning in 1957, they knew for the 1st time why Arlene had had to be hospitalized such a lot of instances in the course of her first six months. yet what they can in simple terms start to comprehend used to be how they have been going to deal with her. Arlene's physicians expected she might continue to exist simply 8 years; she lived to be twenty-two. This e-book is the tale of parenting a toddler with disabilities. For 11 years the Arrigonis raised Arlene at domestic, seeing her via numerous clinical emergencies and coming to understand her tenacious will to stay. In 1967, following six years of making plans with group leaders, innumerable volunteers, and the Canossian Daughters of Charity, the Arrigonis created Casa Angelica, New Mexico's first privately operated domestic for kids with serious disabilities. Its courses support young children succeed in their maximum point of independence and self-reliance, and Casa Angelica built nationally famous academic tasks that spread out colleges to kids lengthy stereotyped as unteachable.

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Intravenous needles were taped to her tiny head. It was the only place the doctors and nurses could find veins easily. As healthy babies were being discharged from the hospital, I had to stand and watch my child struggling to breathe. Anguish and fear for my baby tore at me. What happened? What went wrong? What's happening to her? Why won't they tell me? The doctors must know, surely they know. " Looking back now, Al realizes how young he was and how he couldn't believe it was happening. "I know my family history," he said.

Emmanuel SchifaniMrs. Marge LegetteMrs. Julia SeligmanJoseph LopezMrs. Johnnie Sue StiffPeter McCannaMrs. Ella WatsonMrs. Myra McKayDr. William Kay Woodard We would also like to thank the Casa Angelica Auxiliary Past and Present Presidents: AUXILIARY PAST AND PRESENT PRESIDENTS Mrs. Anna McCulloch 1967-69Mrs. Jan Keleher 1978-79Mrs. Genevieve Rossi 1969-70Mrs. Jo Koller 1979-80Mrs. Lyn Kil 1970-71Mrs. Carole Christensen 1980-81Mrs. Adele Davis 1971-72Mrs. Jotina Trussell 1981-82Mrs. Edith Todesco 1972-73Mrs.

Woodard was one of about a dozen pediatricians in Albuquer- Page 22 que in the mid-1950s. He came to Albuquerque from his native Tucumcari, in eastern New Mexico. His family were homesteaders. It was a hard land to face, made harder by the economic crisis gripping the country. The Great Depression had taught him hardship, heartbreak, and sorrow, though his was of a different sort than I was facing. But, possibly because of this common bond, he became a friend and confidante, and we trusted him.

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