BookBrowse Reviews Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki

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Beauty in the Broken Places

A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience

by Allison Pataki

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Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki
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    May 2018, 272 pages

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A husband's life-threatening stroke prompts soul-searching in this touching memoir.

Ernest Hemingway wrote that we are "strong at the broken places," and Allison Pataki found that to be true when her husband, David Levy, a third-year orthopedic surgery resident at Rush University in Chicago, had a near-fatal stroke at age 30. On June 9, 2015, Dave and five-months-pregnant Allison were on a flight from Chicago to Hawaii for their "babymoon," planning to stop in Seattle to visit Dave's brothers. But they never made it there. On the plane Dave told her he couldn't see out of his right eye. He had an extremely dilated pupil and she asked right away if he might be having a stroke. The plane made an emergency landing in Fargo, North Dakota and Dave was rushed to a hospital for testing. Doctors found he had suffered a bithalamic midbrain ischemic stroke, even though he'd had no risk factors and this stroke type was virtually unknown in patients of his age (see &...

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