Miracle Child by James B Wilcox Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
Living through the long-term illness of a loved one is devastating, no matter at what age it occurs. That's what I always believed, but watching the flickering light of a preemie is difficult to put into words. Nevertheless, James Wilcox was able to do it: "...and my heart lays in a thousand little pieces, shattered by his pain."
All the steps described by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross relating to loss were described, though informally -- hope, anger, conciliation, denial.
I know that there is much that is wanted to be written when describing a personal story, and we have to be careful not to flood the reader with too much information. I was hooked on the flow of information and the parents' responses in the first half of the book. But afterwards it turned into an almost daily log that may not be of interest to readers that are not familiar with extremely premature babies' development.
If there were a new edition of this story, I would humbly suggest deleting all the e-mails or updates as they duplicate the on-going narration.
Through my clinical profession I understood all the medical terms and procedures described, and was even worried about the mention of Amphotericin B having to be used at such an early stage in life. I wonder if all this will distract some readers.
For me, besides the miracle of life, the real miracle was the strengthening of Faith in God that this brave father and spouse maintained. In my case, I lost it.