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Few readers will be unmoved by Scotti's account of irreparable loss. This is the intensely personal story of the short life of Ciro, her baby born in 1985, who brought joy to his mother, father and six-year-old sister. A beautiful, seemingly healthy child, he showed only slightly worrying symptoms of illness when he was a few months old. The parents took him to a clinic in Jamestown, R.I., near their summer residence. Until Ciro's death at 15 months, extreme medical efforts were made to save him from a condition that defeated diagnosis. The family's ordeal as well as the pain felt by those who fought for Ciro's life garner one's deepest sympathy. Scotti writes this memoir "so that other families with critically sick babies will not be unprepared as we were to find our way through . . . hospital systems."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In this book, created as a tribute to the spirit of her son, Scotti has recorded her responses to the short life and painful death of her son Ciro. It is also a cautionary tale about the limits of medical knowledge--the illness which dominated nine months of her son's life was never definitively diagnosed. Scotti draws readers into the surreal aspects of extended hospital stays, and details the impact of her son's illness on family members and hospital staff. Written as a diary, the book has immediacy, but it is often disjointed. In spite of its faults, however, this book is recommended. BOMC selection.
- Diane K. Harvey, SAIS Lib., Johns Hopkins Univ., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.