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The Irreplaceable Bond Between Sisters
8 May, 2013
A beautifully written novel, My Sister’s Keeper is a moving and thought-provoking story of the Fitzgerald family and their struggle for hope and survival amidst situations rooted in tragedy.
Brian and Sara Fitzgerald is a regular American couple. Brian is a firefighter, while Sara, a civil attorney, gives up her career to bring up their children, 4-yr old son, Jesse and 2-yr old daughter, Kate. Their life is plunged into darkness when Kate is diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, a very rare form of blood cancer. Kate is immediately put on chemotherapy, but her only hope for survival is to have a bone marrow transplant. The first choice for a donor is Kate’s brother, but unfortunately Jesse turns out not to be a match. Highly skeptical as to when they will find another donor, Brian and Sara decide to have another baby….and this is how Anna Fitzgerald comes into their world, with the sole purpose to save her sister’s life. Anna is specifically ‘designed’ with the right set of genes so that she is a perfect genetic match/donor for her sister. Immediately after Anna’s birth, her cord blood is transplanted into Kate, but it does not stop here. Over the next several years, Anna is subjected to several surgical procedures to save her sister.
When Anna turns thirteen years, Kate suffers from massive kidney failure and as always it is decided that Anna has to donate one of her kidney’s to Kate, as it is her final chance to survive. Meanwhile, Anna has taken some pretty important decisions of her own. Too scared to admit it to her family, Anna approaches a lawyer to sue her parents for the rights to her body. She refuses to donate her kidney, despite being aware that it might be the cause of her sister’s death. What follows is a series of tumultuous events and intense court sessions, which threatens to tear their family apart.
The author raises some ethical, moral, and mostly unanswerable questions about how anyone can make a life-or-death decision about a terminally ill loved one. What are the complications of putting one person in pain or in danger for the well-being of another? As parents, how far would Brian and Sara go to keep Kate alive? Do they unknowingly begin to favor one child over the rest, just because she is sick? And do parents solely have the right to decide what is right/wrong for their children.
I can assure you that after reading this book you will see your family in a new light. And especially if you have a sister you will just want to hug her and never let go. So I would recommend this novel to everyone, but make sure to have a box of tissues handy. You will be shedding more than a few tears.
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