This is an honest book written by a children’s ER doctor. I appreciated his realness and ability to show his emotion, as well as his philosophies on what it means to be a doctor.
Dr. Bonadio is a sensitive man that spends a fair amount of time considering the bond that parents have with their children. Many of these stories you hope for happy endings, however you are often left dangling (as is Dr. Bonadio), because he shares these brief encounters that simply don’t give all of the answers.
I find it very admirable that he was able to be so open. It takes a lot of courage and selflessness to be a forgotten hero, or to take the blame when things go awry.
The first story of Julia resounds through the book. The descriptions made me feel as if I was right there in the ER. Her mother and Dr. Bonadio share a connection, if only for a few fleeting moments.
I walk away from this book thinking about Julia, her mother, and the doctor. It’s a fascinating web that intertwines humanity and the strength and help that we are able to give one another.