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Angela Amoroso

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Inspired by her daughter Isabella, born prematurely on September 6, 2004, Angela Amoroso's first book, Surrounded by Angels, released by iUniverse, is a deeply compelling story of a mother, father and their tiny baby daughter and their journey through the grief and eventual acceptance of comfort in the face of death. Surrounded by Angels has received the coveted Editor's Choice award from iUniverse. The 89-page book details the unimaginable loss Amoroso and her husband Drew Skinner suffered in December 2004. Their prematurely-born daughter died in from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) while in Angela's arms after an agonizing three month stay in the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). As the days and weeks went on, Angela and Drew could barely function as they tried to come to grips with the tragedy. Eventually they worked their way far enough down the path of grief to realize that Isabella's passing could fulfill a deep calling for them to help others. Becoming stronger each day, they continue to make Isabella's premature birth and transition into eternal life an opportunity to bring deeper meaning into both of their lives as well as the lives of others. Their daughter's inspiration was also the reason for Angela and Drew to establish Isabella's Giraffe Club, a non-profit organization committed to providing emotional and educational support for parents with infants in an NICU. The Club sponsors events and projects to maintain and improve the quality of care and caring provided to parents and families. The group strives to facilitate and enhance communication and mutual understanding of roles and relationships between families and healthcare workers.

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