“I read this first novel two times. The first time, I was intrigued. The second time, I felt privileged to share in such an amazing story.” (Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean )
Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms,... read more
*SPOILERS* Matt Beaulieu is a neurosurgeon married to Elle, an astronaut and professor. Elle falls off of a ladder and is left brain-dead. However, an ultrasound reveals her to be pregnant. Conflicting documents and incidents make it difficult to decide if Elle would have wanted to be taken... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
*SPOILERS* Matt Beaulieu is a neurosurgeon married to Elle, an astronaut and professor. Elle falls off of a ladder and is left brain-dead. However, an ultrasound reveals her to be pregnant. Conflicting documents and incidents make it difficult to decide if Elle would have wanted to be taken off life-support or remain on it in order to give the baby a chance to live. Linney, Matt's mother and Elle's godmother, is the executor of Elle's living will that states she did not want to be kept on life support. Elle and Matt have been trying for years to carry a baby to term and Matt is desperate to keep the baby alive. He goes to his former college roommate, Jake Sutter, and hires him as his lawyer. As a court battle wages against Linney and later Adam, Elle's ex-boyfriend, Matt recounts the story of his relationship with Elle, including the baby they conceived and lost as teenagers. During court, the story is told of how Elle was willing to give her life up for Dylan, the baby they lost six months prior. Matt suffers a heart attack and has a vision of Elle coming to him, telling him of their daughter Hope, and asking him to work for Hope. Linney changes her mind on pulling Elle's life support. A baby book is found in Elle's car that provides a letter to the unborn baby that serves as evidence that Elle would prefer to remain on life support. Judge Wheeler determines Adam's right to speak for Elle no longer applies, and Elle remains on life support. The baby, Hope, is delivered via C-section, and Elle dies. Matt begins raising his daughter and tells her stories of Elle.
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