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A Piece of My Mind
December 11, 2018

Against the Odds

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  • 1Department of Cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;320(22):2313-2314. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17821

“Do you want to cut the cord?” the nurse asked. I watched my husband pick up the scissors, his hand trembling as he cautiously severed the lifeline that once connected our daughter, Anika, to me. The nurse wrapped her in a blanket that we had brought from home and placed her in my arms.

I remember very little about the hours leading up to her delivery, but I remember every second of holding her. She had a full head of hair, my husband’s eyes, and my nose. “She’s long,” the obstetrician noted. “And beautiful,” I added. Everything about her was perfect despite the obvious, undeniable fact that she was dead.

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