Mystic, Connecticut-- Sayaka Nakai, an English - Japanese book translator with Thousand Books Project Team of Tokyo, is working with Lisa Saunders of Mystic, Connecticut, to translate her memoir, “Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus),” into a Japanese print edition to raise awareness of the leading worldwide viral cause of birth defects, more widespread than Zika.
Tomomi Watanabe, a founder of TORCH Association Japan (TORCH: Toxoplasmosis, Other infections, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, and Herpes simplex virus, which can cause serious conditions in the fetus or newborn following asymptomatic or mild maternal infection), was given the book by Dr. Naoki Inoue after he met Saunders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA, in 2008 during an international congenital CMV conference.
Watanabe said, "I wanted to get 'Anything but a dog' published in Japan so more Japanese people would know about children with congenital infections and their families. Although we live far away across the Pacific, I believe we Japanese mothers feel the same way as American mothers do. We are like-minded in our mission, love our children, and regret that our lack of knowledge about CMV led to the disabilities of our children. Now, we wish to save unborn lives and help children with congenital infections and their families because helping others is one way to overcome our sad experiences. I believe Lisa’s book will make people agree that we have to do something for future children to protect them from congenital CMV."
Translator Sayaka Nakai said popular and well-known OB-GYNs, pediatricians, and experts in infectious diseases helped raised funds to publish the book, expected to be released December 2016. Nakai said, “Doctors have promised us they will put the book in their waiting rooms. Mothers have promised us that they will donate extra copies to school libraries.”