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MD’s Coat or Angel’s Wings? My Trip to the Hospital Published by Outskirts Press

Children’s author Christie Raines shows young readers that doctors are like angels with big white coats instead of big white wings in a tale that will help minimize any child’s fear of the hospital.

Baltimore, MD, September 16, 2012 --( Writer Christie Raines announced today the release of My Trip to the Hospital, published by Outskirts Press. Raines’ new children’s book helps youngsters feel more confident and less frightened about visiting a hospital or a doctor’s office and also gives some much needed publicity to Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome.

The star of this tale, Elizabeth, was born with a rare genetic disorder and so must visit the hospital often, but rather than being frightened by all the doctors and nurses, as so many children are, Elizabeth praises the men and women in white as “towering” angels who help save lives.

Whether it’s a quick check up at the pediatrician’s or a longer stay at the hospital, medical personnel will seem far less frightening to toddlers and children after reading or listening to My Trip to the Hospital. Not only does Elizabeth encourage children to look favorably on these angels in white, but also her mother provides one clever trick after another to help make each hospital or doctor’s office visit fun.

Besides providing the reassurance many youngsters need about the caring roles that nurses and doctors play, Raines also introduces her audience to an extremely rare genetic disorder, Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome. Although there are only six known cases in the United States, research and testing currently is being done in Belgium so that the syndrome can be better understood and new treatments developed for it.

Raines’ own daughter lives with Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome and is a frequent visitor to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which is where the author learned to make her daughter’s visits more comfortable with the treats, special stuffed animals, books and games that appear in My Trip to the Hospital. Besides comforting children with this tale of “angels” in white, Raines’ purpose for the book is also to make more health professionals familiar with the specific characteristics and symptoms of this rare syndrome so that children suffering with it can more readily be diagnosed and treated.

My Trip to the Hospital is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 8.5 x 8.5 color paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4327-9423-1
SRP: $15.95
Genre: Juvenile nonfiction/social issues/emotions and feelings/beginning readers

About the author:
This is the true story of author Christie Raines’ daughter, who lives with Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome and is a familiar face at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. There are many doctors and nurses who have helped make their visits there warm and friendly, and the Raines’ consider their pediatrician an “angel.” Christie and her husband have two children and live in Baltimore, Maryland. Christie is a special education teacher and knows firsthand the challenges of having a child with special needs.

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