Karen's Heart - The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan - Hardcover Book
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- A brave orangutan's journey through history making heart surgery
- Engaging and heartwarming; Builds empathy for animals
- Winner of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Young Reader Nonfiction
- Hardcover children's book by San Diego Zoo Kids by author Georgeanne Irvine
- One of four books in the Hope & Inspiration series
Karen's Heart: The True Story of a Brave Baby Orangutan is a heartwarming story of a brave orangutan's journey through history making heart surgery and her resulting recovery. Karen the Orangutan has always been special to her caretakers at the San Diego
Zoo. As a baby, Karen needed extra attention from the zoo's caretakers so she could thrive in the nursery after her mother was
unable to care for her. When she was one year old, Karen returned to her orangutan family. Soon after, her caretakers noticed she
was not growing as quickly as she should have. Karen was examined by veterinarians and cardiologists, who discovered that she
had a life-threatening heart murmur caused by a hole in her heart. To save Karen's life, a surgery team from UC San Diego Medical
Center performed open-heart surgery on her - which marked the first time in history that open-heart surgery had been performed
on an orangutan.