Almost Home

Almost Home

Stories of Hope and the Human Spirit in the Neonatal ICU

Book - 2009
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"As an experienced neonatologist - a doctor who specializes in the care of newborn babies - Dr. Christine Gleason has known and cared for hundreds of children - mostly babies - over the past twenty-five years. Almost Home, her first book, tells remarkable stories of triumph and heartache in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. From a horrible "on call" shift at the very start of her medical training that almost made her change specialties to her first preemie, no larger than a stick of butter, who survives and thrives, Dr. Gleason's stories of the babies under her care will move you and bring you to tears at the same time they inspire you." "Dr. Gleason takes us into the fast-paced and deeply moving world of the NICU. Most people have never been inside one except perhaps to visit a friend's or a relative's premature baby. Premature births pose all sorts of problems that present medical and moral dilemmas for doctors, nurses, interns, and parents, as well as for the infants struggling to live. Some might think that it must be a terribly difficult place to work and at times it is, but it is also a very hopeful place - most of the babies who begin their lives in the NICU survive and go home with their parents." "In every story Dr. Gleason tells, you will discover a fresh dimension to the heroic and powerful world of babies and the remarkable advances in neonatal intensive care. In addition, you will learn how a combination of new drugs and sheer good luck paired with sophisticated technology has made miracles happen." "Many babies who would surely have died just ten years ago now live healthy, long lives. Not all of the babies whose stories are recounted here make it all the way home, and their stories are unbelievably sad, while other stories tell of babies who survived and did well against seemingly impossible odds. Taken together, the stories celebrate the miracles of modern medicine, mourn its failings, and marvel at the strength and resilience of the human body and spirit so evident in these little babies, their families, and the dedicated people who staff neonatal intensive care units. From the heartbreak of the first patient Dr. Gleason lost to the joy of patients who survived and thrived, Almost Home is a remarkable debut book, the power of which lies in its abiding humanity and its intensely personal portrayal of the often fragile beginnings of a human life."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Kaplan Pub., c2009
ISBN: 1607140497
Branch Call Number: 618.9201 GLE
Characteristics: x, 246 p. ; 21 cm


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