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A Piece of My Mind
October 10, 2012

Big Hearts

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York (robert.bobrow@stonybrookmedicine.edu).

JAMA. 2012;308(14):1441-1442. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.12268

Two decades ago, an American family traveled to Cusco, Peru, and adopted a 3-week-old Peruvian girl. The process was long and arduous and was successful only because of the intervention of some big-hearted strangers. Finally, after 13 months, the family was able to return to the United States.

At about this same time a good friend of mine in his late 40s, an ophthalmologist in Long Island, New York, contracted a rare cancer. He had one child, a daughter, whom I saw frequently when I visited him. My friend lived long enough to see his daughter get into medical school, but he did not live long enough to see her graduate and become an ophthalmologist.

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