On August 9, 1963 the infant son of John and Jacqueline Kennedy born premature at 34 weeks died of a common lung ailment after 39 hours of life. This book tells for the very first time the entire story of those tense and desperate days from the viewpoint of Patrick's pediatrician and the team of doctors who tried to save him. It also chronicles the captivating history of newborn care and the way the death of the Kennedy baby faced by his heartbroken parents with consummate courage and grace triggered a worldwide medical response that ultimately led to major advances in newborn care that have saved the lives of millions of infants.
Michael Ryan RRT-NPS is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Neonatal Pediatric Specialist who specializes in respiratory care of the critically ill newborn. He has participated in the successful treatment of thousands of infants who suffer from Respiratory Distress Syndrome the malady that caused the tragic death of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy. Michael obtained the very first interviews ever given by the Kennedy baby's gifted medical team. He lives in Venice Beach California with his wife Judy a psychotherapist and artist and their three dogs.