About this book
A story of love, hope and genetics
A family discovers they have a medical condition written in their genes. A child is born in India with the potentially fatal condition SCID (Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency) for which there is no treatment in his country. A mother faces an uncertain, challenging future with resilience and hope. How will her quest for a healthy child end?
Publication date: April 2019
About the author
Mona Dash is the author of Untamed Heart (Tara India Research Press, 2016) and two poetry collections, Dawn-Drops (Writer’s Workshop India, 2001) and A Certain Way (Skylark Publications, 2017). Her short story collection, Let us look Elsewhere, was shortlisted for the 2018 SI Leeds Literary prize. She is a Telecoms Engineer with a MBA and works for a global technology organisation. Originally from India, she lives with her husband and son in London.
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– Neel Mukherjee
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