Girl in Glass

Girl in Glass

How My "distressed Baby" Defied the Odds, Shamed A CEO, and Taught Me the Essence of Love, Heartbreak, and Miracles

Book - 2015
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Fei explores the value of a human life: from the spreadsheets wielded by cost-cutting executives to the insidious notions of risk surrounding modern pregnancy; from the wondrous history of medical innovation in the care of premature infants to contemporary analyses of what their lives are worth; and finally, to the depths of her own struggle to make sense of her daughter's arrival in the world.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781620409916
1620409917
Branch Call Number: 618.9201 FEI
Characteristics: vi, 314 pages ; 22 cm

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smc01 Sep 08, 2015

I remember reading some articles about Tim Armstrong's statements about "distressed babies" costing companies too much money, so I was intrigued by the idea of this book. This memoir is so brutally honest - it made me feel Deanna Fei's pain and conflict after the premature and "catastrophic" birth of her daughter. For expressing her most deeply felt emotions, the author of this memoir is very brave. I found it to be compulsively readable, and relatable as a mother. Her daughter's struggle to live and Fei's struggle to accept and understand such a life-changing event are the focus of the book. The reader understands her shock when her family is publicly blamed for a large corporation's decision to curtail employee benefits. Discussions of medical privacy shed new light on the subject. It gave me new perspective about the efforts and expense that are incurred to save severely premature infants. "NICUs are often depicted as extravagant departments in a way that other high-cost hospital units, such as orthopedics and oncology, are not. Patients who have spinal cord injuries or need coronary bypass surgery are roughly as expensive as the average NICU patient, but we don't generally demand that such categories of people prove themselves deserving of medical care the way we demand that premature infants justify the costs of their existence."
Most of all, this book is a beautifully written, heart-felt love letter from a mother to a daughter. What a gift Fei has given to her "miracle child."

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