On the same day that Innocence drowned, 2 other children drowned in the same area. Innocence was the only one to survive.
On the day that Innocence was released from the hospital, a 13 year-old girl was brought into the same hospital for a routine tonsillectomy. But, routine or not, she began bleeding and went into cardiac arrest over the next few days. She has been declared brain dead by several specialists. Still,the family refuses to have her removed from life support and now it has been announced (as I've been typing this piece) that she will be transferred to a long term care facility.
The sadness we feel and the empathy runs VERY deep! However, the scientist in me no longer has any hope, for brain death cannot be recovered from. If ever she recovers, it will indeed be miraculous. Short of that miracle, I fear that this will be a source of further pain for the family in ways hard to imagine.
Rarely, something like the recovery of Innocence happens. Unfortunately, all too often, broken is broken and there is no repair available. And there is no broken worse than that which happens to your child.
I hope that the other members of the Loose Blogger Consortium, listed on the right, have happier takes on this topic. Nothing in me would be happier than being wrong about this 13 year-old.