State of the Heart
State of the Heart is a nonfiction narrative that describes the odyssey Maggi Grace and Howard Staab undertook when Howard's heart valve suddenly malfunctioned and the local hospital in Durham, North Carolina estimated $200,000 to fix it. They faced the entire bill since Howard had chosen not to have health insurance, and instead, flew to India for the surgery.

Part travelogue, part critique of the U.S. healthcare system, part medical drama, this memoir describes the frantic search for alternatives to mortgaging the rest of their lives in exchange for Howard's life. It covers the trip to the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center in New Delhi, the surgery, and its aftermath. It is also the story of how a woman, alone and consumed with worry, navigated Third World streets clogged with cattle to find such basic items as chocolate and pencils and friendship.

Click to see Maggi - the keynote speaker at The World Congress Forum on Medical Tourism in Washington, DC
This story (also see will appeal to readers of travel/adventure stories, policymakers, academics, those concerned with the healthcare crisis in the U.S., the uninsured, physicians and other healthcare workers, and caregivers of all kinds and in all places.

Maggi is available for book talks, readings/signings, and to speak to your group about medical tourism and the globalization of healthcare.


Healing A Heart, by Linda Marion. Continuum Magazine, The Magazine of the University of Utah, Bookshelf, Fall 2008.

May 23, 2008 article on Maggi's panel discussion at Harvard Medical School, posted on Science Metropolis.

Click here to listen to the podcast of Deborah Harper, President of Psychjourney, interviewing Maggi on May 3, 2008. This is a large file that takes a few minutes to download. You may also right click on the link to save the file.

February 8, 2008 - Maggi's TV interview on KNTV (Bay Area NBC affiliate)

"Putting Value in Medical Travel," by Margie T. Logarta. International Medical Tourism Journal (IMTJ), Issue 03 2008 pp. 24-27.

Recently: Following her heart after saving one - February 28, 2008 - Carrboro Citizen

The World Congress Forum on Medical Tourism - Arlington, VA. - November 9, 2007 - icyou video

November/December 2007 Rambler - click to read Journey of the Heart An interview by Dave Korzon - Nov - Dec 2007 issue of The Rambler - a magazine of personal expression

Surgery in India saves local man's life Page 1 & Page 7 - Chatham County Line - October, 2007

Beyond Borders: A shocking memoir of medical tourism in India BY: LAUREN HODGES - Encore Online - September 21, 2007

Emergency! Emergency! - AARP Bulletin - September 2007

September 4, 2007 - MedTripInfo Podcast or Transcript - Health Business Blog

August 31, 2007 - Listen to Maggi on WCOM 103.5 FM, West End Report on the Arts

August 13, 2007 - Americans Gamble on Bargain Surgery Abroad - by Neil Osterweil, Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today.

August 10, 2007 - Rejuvenating the Heart - US Author Narrates Friend's Heart Surgery in India (see page 6) - CanIndia - News Toronto

Maggi in India August 8, 2007 - Heart-healing journey - Raleigh News and Observer book review by Vicki Cheng

State of the Heart: A Medical Tourist's True Story of Lifesaving Surgery in India, was published in July, 2007 by New Harbinger Publications

August 7, 2007 - Medical Tourism News & Views in Washington, DC interview

July 16, 2007 - American Sicko can reach out to India - The Times of India

July 16, 2007 - Medical Tourism Blog - Maggi Grace Interview

June, 2007 - BEA Authors Studio Podcast in New York

Listen to Maggi on WCOM 103.5 FM, West End Report on the Arts - April 13, 2007

On June 27th, 2006, from 10 am - 12, Maggi Grace and Howard Staab traveled to Washington D.C. to testify before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on Aging regarding their experience in India and the state of healthcare in the U.S. The event was televised on C-span


In this inspiring, informative narrative, Grace explains how she and her partner decided to search abroad for health care. - Read more in Publishers Weekly


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