An Inspiring Struggle to Survive After Medical Malpractice

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Author Wanda Schnebly shares how her family’s life was changed after the doctors’ fatal mistake.

“They made a mistake.” Author Wanda Schnebly was overcome with grief when she found out about the doctors’ mistake which made her baby son critically ill. She shares the true story of how her family’s lives were thrust into turmoil and grief because of medical malpractice and what they did to survive and find joy again.

A Ticket To He… tells about medical fiasco that destroyed Kelly Schnebly’s life and the resulting malpractice lawsuit. Its award of $1,044,000 was the largest judgment to a minor in the nation and was a catalyst for the medical malpractice panic that started in the seventies and continues yet today. This true account also tells the inspiring struggle of how Wanda led volunteers in her community to build a pilot exemplary educational and residential program locally for children like Kelly. It started in her home as a day care program for four children, and continues today in six Iowa communities serving nearly two hundred persons. Its 2008 annual report lists income of $12,601,936 with expenditures for services of $12,184, 063. (See

One of the powerful elements in Schnebly’s story is a series of powerful and mysterious paranormal events. She doesn’t ask the reader to agree with her; rather she shares the fears and wonderments of these up-close encounters of life, death, an inner voice, Jesus, nightmares, and other paranormal events, such as the unfinished last word in the title of this book, A Ticket to He . . . Perhaps the finest hours of Schnebly’s autobiography are the ones that share how Kelly’s spirit broke through his profound and multiple handicaps and touched others. He has a legacy few people achieve. He was a hero, and he inspired others to be heroes too.

A Ticket to He . . . will be featured in the 2010 Frankfurt International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, which will run October 6-10, 2010. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Wanda Schnebly was recognized for her work for persons with disabilities by the Winnebago and Iowa Associations for Retarded Children, the Iowa Council of Developmental Disabilities, United Cerebral Palsy of Iowa, Winnebago Handicapped Services, a.k.a. Krysilis, and Handicap Village. She was the founder and first executive director of Winnebago Handicapped Services, a.k.a. Krysilis. She was named to the 1977–78 edition of Who’s Who of American Women. She lived with her husband Orvin and four children, Kirby, Kerry, Kyle and Kelly in Forest City, Iowa, during the years of this story. She currently lives in Southern California.

A TICKET TO HE... * by Wanda Schnebly
Publication Date: May 19, 2010
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