Breathe is a moving and often heartbreaking memoir written by Kelly Kittel that tells of the struggles that she and her family went through as in an instant they went from the perfect family to one full of grief and sorrow. Yet it is also a story of inspiration and hope as it shows the power of family and love.
Kelly Kittel loves children and loves to have babies. With four children she is flying high and happy with her youngest Noah being the apple of everyone’s eye. Yet in an instant it all changes when her niece rolls over Noah killing him. The family struggles with their grief and not understanding how something like this can happen to such a sweet little one.
But then Kelly finds herself pregnant again and the family feels that this little one is being sent to them by Noah himself. It comes as no surprise that Kelly and the whole family are devastated when, because of medical malpractice, little Jonah is stillborn.
At first Kelly and her husband Andy don’t even think about the fact that their son shouldn’t have died. They are grief stricken and dealing with the deaths of two babies in so short a time is all consuming understandably. Once some time has passed though they realize that someone should be held responsible for their son’s death and they decide to press malpractice charges. Kelly and Andy have a different story though because not only are they battling the medical system but also Andy’s side of the family who testify against them.
As I read this memoir of Kelly’s I was so angry at the way they were treated by Andy’s family. There was one family member in particular who really made their lives a horror and she was just cruel at times. Many times it was insinuated that Kelly was a bad mother and not taking proper care of Noah which is why he was hit. Nobody should ever have to hear that especially if it isn’t true. The worst though was having this individual testify against them at the trial regarding Jonah. I still can’t understand the reasoning for this as Andy’s family seemed to love him so it’s a mystery to me.
Kelly’s family is doing well now as are their children. It took her seven years to write this book and it is my hope that it was a healing journey for her. It certainly is a moving memoir of grief and hope that touches your heart.
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