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Petite Belle: How I Got My Name

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Jan 26, 2012


Imagine, every day of your life being told that you was born weighing less than a pound and not knowing what an infant of normal weight looked like. My mom said I was so tiny, I could be held in one hand. I am presently over sixty years old. My name is Petite Belle: How I Got My Name is a non-fiction account of the first five months of my life. I weighed less than 400 grams. I will take you on a day-to-day journey of my survival. I survived with almost no medical issues. This is almost unheard of for a baby weighing less than a pound. I have dedicated my time to the production of three more books in the works. No parts of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recordings, media, or by any information, storage and retrieval, system, without expressed written consent of the author.
Until this day, I have not seen a live infant of this size- less than 400 grams. I graduated in 1972, as a clinical Laboratory Technologist. My study was the field of Clinical Pathology Disease causing organism. My first job was, A Histology Technician. This field of medicine studied human tissue, preserved to show its state as it is in life. I did see infants that weighed less than 400 grams, but the preservative caused it to alter its shape. The normal infant no longer existed by the time I saw it. In my ten years of searching for information about my birth, I heard many stories, many, many times, up until months of completing of my book. On a visit to South Carolina, to nurse a bed ridden aunt back to health, I spent a month with them. It was like a family reunion. We talked, cooked many dishes, talked and argued about our family history. There was much discussion of oral family history, which much of it was before I could remember. This helped me put the puzzle of my young life together.
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Petite Belle Hammond is a multi-medium artist / designer and author. Her artistic career began as the creator of the P.B. Belle Collection of artistic expression entitled Eachonereachone, Eachoneteachone thru the use of fabrics & textile, she created fiber art. In her figurative art, the people tell a story. “All of my artistic expression; it is not hard to understand” states Petite. “I understand and appreciate my own culture and heritage as a basic for exploring and understanding others”. Various faces are visible in her art which reveal her lifelong passion for education and activism. She uniquely combines art and history bringing a visceral impact while leaving room for the imagination to explore. Her love of writing, mixed textile and art was first discovered in her during her high school education. From there, a passion for designing clothing was born. Since then, a love of writing was encountered. She wrote the speech for her Laboratory Technology College graduating ceremony. Her intricate Afro-centric clothing line blends traditional African fabric with contemporary American designs with the results being an amazing collection of unique, couture pieces. Her touching story of her birth and miraculous survival will equally astound you. Each of her works affirms this love; her connection to the arts as she states, “when I take a piece of fabric or a writing pen into my hand, an artistic concept takes on life and becomes reality”.

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Petite Belle

How I Got My Name

Petite Belle


1663 Liberty Drive

Bloomington, IN 47403

Phone: 1-800-839-8640

© 2012 by Petite Belle. All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means without the written permission of the author.

First published by AuthorHouse 01/21/2012

ISBN: 978-1-4685-0983-0 (sc)

ISBN: 978-1-4685-0982-3 (hc)

ISBN: 978-1-4685-0981-6 (ebk)

Library of Congress Control Number: 2011961784

Printed in the United States of America

Any people depicted in stock imagery provided by Thinkstock are models, and such images are being used for illustrative purposes only.

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This book is printed on acid-free paper.

Because of the dynamic nature of the Internet, any web addresses or links contained in this book may have changed since publication and may no longer be valid. The views expressed in this work are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, and the publisher hereby disclaims any responsibility for them.




Petite’s Biography

The Miracle

Living Determination

Survival Is Key

Searching For A

Wonderous Doctor

Revealing Stories

New Knowledge

And New Life


All of the events described within this book actually occurred. All characterizations represent actual portraits. This is a work of non-fiction. The events and experience described are all true! No positions or person’s name have been changed. This book would not have been possible without the cooperation of a great number of people. I wouldn’t be here without the love and care of my parents and I would like to thank them. I thank my loving, nurturing mother, Mrs. Maggie Alieen Phillips—Hammonds-Smith and my loving father, Barnell Hammonds. My mom and dad carried out Dr. Wiley’s instruction which was very crucial in saving my life. Mama and Daddy could not have slept very much, if at all. No matter what their difference was at that time. They bounded together to save my life.

I would also like to thank The Cheraw Chronicle Newspaper, of Chesterfield, S.C. and the editor at that time, Ms. Diane Dridger. I would like to thank the newspaper for running my letter and making contact with the Doctor’s daughter. I thank you Monnie Bittle-Wiley for her unselfish communication of notes from

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