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SKU: 9781645382461

Catastrophic Rupture


All author profits will be donated to the Complex Care Program at Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical Humanities Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Catastrophic Rupture: A Memoir of Healing

by K. Jane Lee, MD



Nonfiction - Memoir  

166 pages

ISBN: 978-1-64538-246-1



As a pediatric critical care physician and an ethicist, Jane Lee was accustomed to caring for children with a range of serious conditions and disabilities, and felt comfortable helping families navigate decision-making for these children. When a complicated delivery left her second child with a severe brain injury, she found that everything she had learned about disability and personhood as a physician and ethicist was no help as a parent.

This book allows the reader to walk alongside the author as she struggles to bond with and love her daughter, as she reconciles what is happening at home with her ongoing role as a physician to patients and families in similar circumstances, and as she shifts from the medical perspective of disability as an impaired body to the mother’s perspective that sees the beauty and value in the person that is her child.




K. Jane Lee is a physician with the Complex Care Program at Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She previously practiced pediatric critical care for 15 years, and holds a Master of Arts in Bioethics. Dr. Lee lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children, one of whom has severe neurologic impairment. She enjoys knitting and gardening, and is a new devotee of the sport of curling. This is her first book.

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