Napa Valley Author Abbey Silva Publishes 'She Came to Heal'; True Story Celebrates the Life of a Daughter Born With Down Syndrome

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New book celebrates loving, longing, heartache and healing.

Napa Valley resident and author Abbey Silva is celebrating the life of a daughter born with Down syndrome through the release of her first book, She Came to Heal. The book, which is available for purchase on and, details the true story of the life of Baby Joy, who provided a lifetime of inspiration and spiritual awakening to the family in which she was born.

"I was inspired to write this book for several reasons," said Silva. "First off, the impact that Baby Joy had on my life is absolutely immeasurable. Through her I was able to recognize the truth that I too am a child of God, whole and loved just as I am. It is my hope that sharing this story might somehow provide a level of comfort or inspiration for any parent out there who is raising a child with Down syndrome, or any other disease for that matter."

A story about loving, longing, heartache and healing, She Came to Heal (see: ) details the positive impact having a Down syndrome child can have on an entire family. Set in the Napa Valley and San Diego, California, the book provides a real-life glimpse into a mother's unconditional love for her child and reveals the unexpected healing a child can provide to its parents.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition, affecting one in every 733 live births or approximately 5,000 births per year in the United States. Other important facts from the NDSS include:
•Down syndrome occurs when a person has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome
•A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all
•There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States
•Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels
•The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80 percent of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age
•Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has steadily increased in recent years from 25 in 1983 to 60 today

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About She Came to Heal
She Came to Heal details the true story of the life of Baby Joy, who despite her physical limitations, provided a lifetime of inspiration and spiritual awakening to the family in which she was born.

About the author
She was born Helen Kerr in Rapid City, South Dakota in November 1929. An over-zealous religiously fanatic father, and a submissive mother raised her until the age of sixteen, when they were divorced. She took the name Abbey in 1964, a name she wrote under in junior and high school. Abbey currently resides in the beautiful Napa Valley in a home built by her sons and their father in 1989.


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