Sunday, October 17, 2010

Review: The Match: "Savior Siblings" and One Family's Battle to Heal Their Daughter by Beth Whitehouse

Rating: 5

In 2006, 4 year old Katie Trebing received a bone marrow transplant that would hopefully allow her to live a long and full life. The donor was her younger brother, Christopher, an exact genetic match to Katie and who was conceived by the Trebings for the express purpose of saving his sister's life. Beth Whtehouse, a Pulitzer-winning journalist followed the Trebings through the grueling process and tells the story impartially and with compassion.
Whitehouse allows the reader inside the minds and hearts of Stacy and Steve Trebing as they wrestle with this monumental decision. She explains the complex scientific, medical, and ethical issues at stake in layman's terms.
Although this is a work of non-fiction, it reads like a novel. It is a fascinating look at a highly controversial topic.

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