One of the most heartbreaking stories ever told. Dylan had a brain tumor, was operated on, and had undergone chemotherapy. Removing the tumor had caused the normal brain tissue also to be excised. The Dylan they knew no longer was the same. He was quiet with vacant eyes. And the tumor was growing. A chance of treatment which may prolong life was a radiotherapy in America. The hospital objected, wanted Dylan to pass away in dignity. Mom agreed. Dad wanted to fight, and the matter went to the courts.
Clare Mackintosh went a step further showing us what would happen if the courts had decided one way or the other. Their lives post either decision were shown. The story was based on hope and written with a deep poignancy. Dylan was present in every word of the book, his essence could be felt at every corner. Nobody in this world can say what would be the right decision. Both the decisions would hurt the parents.
Clare has shown the NICU authentically, I could feel that I was standing right next to the parents. The atmosphere of the hospital in the first half was perfect. I got to know that the author had to make this difficult decision for her critically ill son. I have no words for the courage it must have taken for the parents to switch off the ventilator.
There are many things I want to say about this book, but the emotions in my heart stop me. I don’t have the words to write the review. A brilliantly emotional book which also showed how life could be lived after a tragedy. Pain never goes, it just ebbs and flows.
On a personal note, the book was extremely difficult for me to read as it reminded me of my patient who wanted me to save him, who called out to me asking me never to switch off his ventilator. But he died that night due to a massive infection and shock. It has been years, but I haven’t forgotten that boy. By the time I finished this book, I was a mess. Too many memories came crashing down.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher Sphere, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.
As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.
But anything can happen after the end . . . .
Publication Date: 25th June 2019
Publisher: Little Brown Books UK, Sphere