Self-Published Author Tells of The Magic of Medicine

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‘One Little Miracle’ rivets readers with the tale of the little girl who was the test case for penicillin

Bringing fresh hope to every bookshelf, author Yvonne Nunes invites readers to look into another angle of the remarkable story behind the most important medical event in the twentieth century. One Little Miracle, her new book released through Xlibris, tells the inspiring true tale of the seven-year-old girl whose life was saved when she became a test case for penicillin.

The year is 1943. War is raging in the Pacific. More military personnel are dying from gas gangrene than from bullets. On one side of the world, Yvonne, a young girl, is also suffering from gas gangrene. Her doctor has done all he can do to save her life, including amputation, but nothing seems to help anymore. What Yvonne needs is a miracle. The miracle suddenly becomes possible as the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) appeals to doctors for cases to test penicillin. Of all the possible patients, Yvonne is chosen to be the test case. But the mission is not as easy as it sounds.

While people all over the United States are trying to get penicillin to save her life, Yvonne is deep in a coma. But many do not know that in her deep slumber, she is enjoying a magical adventure with Genie. He is her guide to a world where everything is possible and no is not a word. Their journey through hope, faith, and appreciation unfolds in One Little Miracle. Providing an in-depth background of Alexander Fleming’s most famous discovery, this book is a heartrending yet highly motivating true story about life and second chances.

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About the Author
Yvonne Nunes was born in 1935. War was threatening. Her dad worked on the railroad in Portola. She broke her arm the first month in Portola. She had gas gangrene and her arm was amputated. Her case proved Penicillin kills gangrene. After the war, she went to Quincy where she grew up. She attended college at Adelphi College, NY, and met Art at Sacramento State in 1956. They fell in love and married in 1958. They had twin girls and a daughter. Nunes’ first teaching job was at Our Lady of Assumption. She began her Masters Degree and later on had a career in education as a teacher and principal in the Western Placer School District, which lasted for twenty-eight years. She retired and was elected to the school board and served for two years. Art died in 1999. She misses him every day. She met Cap Pfeffer at the grief group meetings and they married in 2001. They traveled the world until 2003. Cap died, she misses him and Art every day. She currently lives in Roseville, CA. Nunes loves to paint, write, and travel.

One Little Miracle * by Yvonne Nunes
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Picture Book; $41.99; 70 pages; 978-1-4535-1780-2
Picture Book Hardcover; $51.99; 70 pages; 978-1-4535-1781-9

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