Mama, My Hero
A Story of a nurse's bravery during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Anthea M. Maseka
Mama, My Hero highlights the realities of the current pandemic and the magic of a uniquely innocent perspective. This is the story of one day in the life of an intensive care unit nurse working during the COVID-19 pandemic, as told by her unborn baby.
The narrator is witness to his mother at work, where she takes care of her patients with great empathy, despite her fatigue. Returning home after a hard day, his mother is in turn cared for by her loving husband. Ultimately, the baby, like readers, praises his mother the nurse for her heroic deeds.
The global pandemic has affected every child in one way or another. Health care workers and other essential workers are at the frontline of the pandemic. This book will teach children about empathy and to develop an appreciation for frontline workers.
Anthea Maseka was a teacher for many years, and she still enjoys working with children whenever she has the opportunity. An avid reader and a passionate writer, she keeps a journal that she updates almost daily. She was inspired to write Mama, My Hero by witnessing her daughter-in-law, who was expecting her first child during the COVID-19 pandemic, while working as an ICU nurse, and the bravery and determination she displayed.
Maseka has written three works of fiction, including Chembe—I Am a Warrior, which she co-authored with her sister. The book was published in Zambia, Africa, in 2019.
Maseka lives in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Dr. Maseka, and they have four adult children, a daughter in-law, and a grandson.
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