Nonfiction Short Take: A Life Everlasting – Sarah Gray

This combination of memoir and science reporting looks at the cutting edge research going on with organ donation as the author tracks the ways in which her infant son’s tissue contributed to medical science after his death.

“Gray, director of communications for the American Association of Tissue Banks, personally recounts how her six-day-old son’s death helped save countless lives, detailing the dogged purpose and exuberant hope that fueled her daunting journey into the world of medical research. Gray and her husband, Ross, knew months before she gave birth to identical twin sons that one of them, Thomas, had a lethal neural tube defect, and they quickly recognized its ‘higher purpose’: that his death would allow organ and tissue donations….Gray writes movingly of the loss of her son, the research it aided, and the career to which it led her at the AATB as an advocate for organ and tissue donation. With this remarkable account, Thomas’s legacy will continue to inspire.”
Publishers Weekly

 “An informative account of the various aspects of organ donation and an inspiring affirmation of the potential value of every life, however brief.”
   — Kirkus Reviews

A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy’s Gift to Medical Science (9780062438225) by Sarah Gray. $27.99 hardcover. 9/27/16 on sale.

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