When James Reston's bright, bubbling two-year-old daughter Hillary developed a high fever, her parents, following their doctor's advice, treated it with baby aspirin. But when the high fever subsided, Hillary's physical, emotional, and intellectual health was severely compromised. Her devastating decline was so rare that the doctor compared it to the likelihood of a bat jumping over the moon. Reston's chronicle of his daughter Hillary's battle to survive and his attempts to find the cause and a cure for her illness moves from the family home, where crises are almost daily occurrences, to doctors' offices and cuttingedge laboratories involved in such controversial areas as stem-cell research and therapeutic cloning. With affecting candor, he describes the family's efforts to come to grips with the tragedy; the mistakes they made and the small successes they cherished; and the extraordinary dedication of professionals searching for solutions to human pain and suffering.
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