Monday, May 12, 2014
Holding Silvan: A Brief Life by Monica Wesolowska
Anyway, I think that we forget what a miracle it is for a full-term, healthy baby to be born. So many things have to go right and there are so many things that could go wrong.
Weslowska has a normal pregnancy followed by what seems like a normal delivery. However, her son, Silvan, is given a very grim prognosis in terms of his life expectancy and quality of life. Monica and her husband decide to remove all life support (include nutrition) from Silvan.
A heartbreaking, difficult, and loving memoir about quality of life and the love a mother has for her baby. The content of this book sounds awful, but I loved this book and read it in a day. It addresses issues that we don't talk about and is frank and honest in telling how and why this set of parents decided to do what they did.
Posted by Elaine at 7:00 AM