Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life

(15) By Katherine E. Standefer
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Lightning Flowers weighs the impression trendy medical know-how has had on the writer’s life towards the social and environmental prices inevitably incurred by the mining that makes such innovation doable — “completely spectacular.” (Rachel Louise Snyder, writer of No Visible Bruises)

What if a lifesaving medical machine causes loss of life alongside its provide chain? That’s the query Katherine E. Standefer finds herself asking one evening after being out of the blue shocked by her implanted cardiac defibrillator.

In this gripping, intimate memoir about well being, sickness, and the invisible reverberating results of our medical system, Standefer recounts the astonishing true story of the uncommon prognosis that upended her rugged life in the mountains of Wyoming and despatched her tumbling into a fraught maze of cardiology items, dramatic surgical procedures, and gradual, painful recoveries. As her life more and more comes to revolve round the inner defibrillator freshly wired into her coronary heart, she turns into consumed with questions on the provide chain that permits such an ostensibly miraculous machine to exist. So she units out to hint its supplies again to their roots.

From the sterile labs of a medical machine producer in southern California to the tantalum and tin mines seized by armed teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a nickel and cobalt mine carved out of endemic Madagascar jungle, Lightning Flowers takes us on a international reckoning with the social and environmental prices of a know-how that guarantees to be lifesaving however is, the truth is, way more difficult.

Deeply private and sharply reported, Lightning Flowers takes a exhausting take a look at technological mythos, healthcare, and our cultural relationship to medical know-how, elevating vital questions on our obligations to each other, and the price of saving one life.

Formats: ePub
Pages: 288 pages
Publication date: 10 Nov 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Spark
Language: English
ISBN 10: 0316450367
ISBN 13: 978-0316450362

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