Just the Way He Was Before by Mark Patinkin
The Inspiring True Story of a Boy's Survival and Triumph

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While out with his family one night, six-year-old Andrew Bateson feels suddenly feverish. Although they do not yet know it, Andrew has bacterial meningitis, one of the fastest and deadliest of all infections.

Over the next three weeks, as Andrew lies in a coma, the hospital fights an often minute-by-minute battle to keep him alive. Overwhelmed, Andrew's parents pull away from each other, and their friends wonder if the marriage will survive. While doctors ultimately saved Andrew's life, they weren't able to save his legs. Both had to be amputated below the knees. Some questioned whether he would ever walk again. Yet as he recovered, Andrew stunned his family by saying he wanted to play ice hockey. What happened next stunned them even more.

Just the Way He Was Before is a true story of unexpected triumph—of medicine, family, and faith. And of the human spirit itself.

About Mark Patinkin

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Mark Patinkin has been writing a thrice-weekly column for the Providence Journal for over thirty years. In 1985, he published An African Journey (Eerdmans), a journalistic account of famine. In 1986, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting for a series on religious violence in Belfast, India, and Beirut. In 1989, he co-authored The Silent War (Random House) about the world's most competitive companies. He has published a collection of columns and two local humor books, one of which, The Rhode Island Dictionary (QuahogMaid Books), is considered Rhode Island's all-time best-selling book. He is an accomplished public speaker, and has won three New England Emmy awards for "video columns" done for Rhode Island's ABC affiliate. Mark grew up in Chicago, graduated from Middlebury College and currently lives in Providence.
Published July 30, 2012 by Quadrant Books. 294 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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