Scar Stories → Sonya

My brother, Jacob Benjamin Schneider, was born on December 24th, 1982, with a coartation of the aorta. Unfortunately, doctors did not diagnose the cause of his illness until almost two weeks later, by which time he’d suffered significant brain damage. Soon after, he had open-heart surgery that saved his life.

The nearly simultaneous gift, loss and recovery my parents experienced twenty-six years ago is still difficult to imagine. They continue to be my heroes, and my dear brother, a sweet, determined and loving young man.

This scar represents pain and hope for my family and me. I wear it with pride.


20th century medicine