At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I believe this book may have saved Nathan’s life. Walk on Water is Michael Ruhlman’s raw, uncensored look at the life and death drama that takes place in the world of pediatric heart surgery. Most congenital heart defects (septal defects, e.g.) are routinely corrected, but occasionally, a child presents with complicated or multiple heart defects. An assumption that all surgeons are created equal can lead to tragedy.
Brace yourself. The language is frank, and the surgeries are graphic, which can be an emotionally-charged experience for those of us faced with our own child’s drama. But the understanding and empowerment you will glean from these pages is priceless.