Summary Of Writing: My Father's Breakout

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The doctor cleared his throat. “I’m sorry, but I have bad news.” He paused, looking down at the floor. He looked back up at her. He started to say something and then stopped, looking back down at the floor. That’s when Pat began to cry. She’d argued with herself about even coming to the doctor’s office. Her baby was a year old, and he hadn’t started crawling yet. He tried, yes, dragging his legs behind him as he struggled to make it just a few feet on the floor, but it didn’t look right. Everyone told her that she was worrying over nothing, and maybe she was, but she told herself that she would take him to the doctor, just to be safe . . . “Your son has a neuromuscular disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy,” the doctor said. “It’s a form of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects children.”…show more content…
Everyone had told her she was silly. She had hoped she was wrong, prayed she was wrong, but still . . . she knew. “What’s going to happen to him?” she managed to say. “Where most children grow stronger as they get older, your son is going to get weaker. He’ll lose the ability to move. He’ll lose the ability to breathe on his own. And one day, he’ll catch an infection that will spread into his respiratory system, giving him severe pneumonia . . .” She held up her hand to stop him. “You’re saying he is going to die?” He nodded. “There are three types of SMA. Caught this early, your son almost certainly has Type I. Most children with Type I die of pneumonia before the age of two.” He paused. “I’m sorry.” Pat looked up into his face and saw that he really was sorry. It made her angry. Not because of his pity, but because in this man’s eyes, her baby was already dead. “Don’t be sorry,” Pat said, wiping tears away from her face. Her voice was suddenly very calm.”He isn’t going to
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