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Saving The Smallest Hearts [Parade, August 2014]

I wrote the first draft of this essay quite soon after we came home from Violet's first (22 day) hospital admission. Our life had just exploded, everything was raw, and I was filled with questions. My (excellent, patient, compassionate) midwife and Violet's (excellent, patient, compassionate) team of doctors were endlessly kind about my questions. But they didn't have all the answers. And during a...

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