Thank you HCI Books for sending us this book to review!
Miracles We Have Seen is a collection of short stories from doctors around the world retelling their most memorable experiences throughout their medical careers. Since there are many authors, divvying up the royalties would be a pain and it’s nice to know that 100% of the profits are going to various charities nominated by the contributing physicians. Not only are you guaranteed to read some touching stories, you’ll be helping various non-profits as well!
There are many inspiring stories as well as tragic tales told throughout this book. In each of the eighty plus short essays you’ll see the date(s) they occurred and they range from World War II to this decade. It’s sad to read about the deaths of those who suffered from now curable ailments. For example, one of the stories is about JFK’s prematurely born son, Patrick, who only lived a couple of days because of his underdeveloped lungs. Thanks to modern medicine, premature babies have a much higher survival rate. There are several stories involving AIDS, detailing the historic lack of and modern progress towards drugs that keep HIV patients alive longer than a couple of years.
Though this book isn’t meant to be spiritual, there are a few stories that are nothing short of miraculous and the doctors are convinced that something out of this world happened to some the patients they have seen. There’s a story about a boy who most likely caught a glimpse of heaven by the sheer look of awe on his face before peacefully passing away while holding onto his mother’s hand. Another event was about a resuscitated toddler who was pulled out of the pool by a child not much older than he was. When asked why she went in the pool to get him despite not being able to swim, she responded by saying that a man in white told her to.
Since many of the stories are only a couple of pages long, this is a great book to pick up and read throughout the day. My oldest daughter starting reading this book before me and it didn’t take me long to surpass her. The stories shared are definitely worth the price of admission at $9.99 digitally and only a couple of dollars more in paperback format.
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