This Lovely Life

This Lovely Life

A Memoir of Premature Motherhood

Book - 2009
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Vicki Forman gave birth to Evan and Ellie, weighing just a pound at birth, at twenty-three weeks' gestation. During the delivery she begged the doctors to "let her babies go" -- she knew all too well that at twenty-three weeks they could very well die and, if they survived, they would face a high risk of permanent disabilities. However, California law demanded resuscitation. Her daughter died just four days later; her son survived and was indeed multiply disabled: blind, nonverbal, and dependent on a feeding tube. Learn what became of the Forman family after the birth of the twins -- the harrowing medical interventions and ethical considerations involving the sanctity of life and death.
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780547232751
0547232756
Branch Call Number: 618.92 Fo
Description: vii, 263 pages ; 21 cm

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