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Format: 04/16/2014
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Local Author, Medical Marvel Celebrates Life and Latest Work with Book Signing

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Local author Sharon Donovan, 55, of Avalon, will celebrate the publication of her seventh novel, “Charade of Hearts” tomorrow at a book signing event in Sewickley. The book’s title is telling. And though most authors are quick to claim that their latest work is the one most dear to their heart, in Ms. Donovan’s case it could not be any more true.

Just seventh months ago, it appeared that Ms. Donovan’s heart would not allow her to complete the novel. A lifelong diabetic who lost her eye sight at the age of 25, Donovan suffered a massive heart attack on August 11, 2010 that left her heart perilously and permanently damaged.

At Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), heart specialists saved Donovan’s life by implanting an advanced, highly portable left ventricular assist device (LVAD), called the HeartMate II. Used by many heart failure patients as a bridge to heart transplantation, Donovan is among a growing number of patients for whom the technology is a permanent solution – an approach called “destination therapy”.

Among those celebrating with Donovan tomorrow and lining up for signed copies of her new novel will be members of her medical team, including AGH cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Robert Moraca and nurse Sherrie Stutz, who coordinates the hospital’s LVAD program.

More information about Sharon Donovan’s work can be found on her website at (http://www.sharonadonovan.com/).

WHERE/WHEN: The “Beckoning of Booklovers” book signing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Penguin Bookshop (420 Beaver Street, Sewickley).
 

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