When my middle son was twelve, he was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and then Tourette Syndrome. Confined to our home by the horror of his illness, a lifelong placement seemed his likely fate — until I learned that a strep infection might be the cause (a disorder known as PANDAS) Most doctors said I was wrong; but I was right, and two doctors helped me cure him. He is now fully recovered.
SAVING SAMMY is now available in three formats: paperback, digital, and audio. Published by Random House in 2009, the book has helped change the course of medicine and better the lives of countless children. Ms. Maloney and Sammy have given generously of their time and personal story making numerous media and public appearances to alert the public to the fact that an infection can cause mental illness. Dearly loved by readers, SAVING SAMMY is empowering and uplifting. It received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, a “stand up and cheer” review from Booklist, and multiple endorsements from physicians and others. In the words of one reader, “It had me in tears, smiling, laughing out loud, worrying, and rejoicing.”
Praise for Saving Sammy
Ms. Maloney urges us all to make a pivotal shift in how we look at mental illness and its cure. The quality of life for thousands, if not millions, of families depends on our doing so.
This stirring account of a mother's determination and a boy's astonishing bravery makes you want to stand up and cheer.
Maloney perseveres with ferocity and sharp storytelling instincts, making this medical mystery—meant to inform families dealing with mental illness—a tear-wrenching crowd-pleaser.
A remarkable journey of a mother's perseverance to save her son... may well hold the key to curing the lives of millions.
As a physician, I am reminded that we, as a profession, are prone to hubris. This should be considered for mandatory reading at medical schools.