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Up and Running
by Mark Patinkin
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Center Street, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Leslie Owen

Up and Running is the story of Andrew Bateson. One day, six-year-old Andrew was happily playing with his siblings, and the very next morning he was rushed to the hospital. There, doctors informed Andrew's parents that he had bacterial meningitis, one of the most deadly and virulent diseases of modern times.

The next three weeks were filled with terror and the imminent possibility of death. A team of doctors and nurses fought a minute by minute battle to keep Andrew stabilized and alive. While doctors were unsure if their patient would survive, Andrew's parents believed with all their hearts that he would remain with them. Sadly, Andrew lost both legs below the knees.

Though journalist Mark Patinkin focuses on a tragic event for child and family in Up and Running, he also conveys a heartfelt story of triumph, as Andrew, with support from family and community, learns to use prosthetics. Andrew and his family did not ultimately lose hope, nor did they allow negative thoughts to overpower faith and love.

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