CHAPTER 2Care Takes Vision, Clarity, and Consistency

The capacity to care gives life its deepest significance.

—PABLO CASALS

Nicole Draper didn’t have a lot of experience with hospitals, but that changed quickly with the birth of her twin boys. Nicole notes, “Nick and Nate were born with a rare heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. We were told that there was no surgery or hope for the condition other than heart transplants. At the time, our home state of Arizona didn’t perform infant heart transplants, so our family was off to UCLA, where my very sick boys were initially treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. My husband and I were obviously impressed by the knowledge and intelligence of the treatment providers, but also with their ...

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