Trapped: Brier Hospital Series Book 6

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Trapped (Brier Hospital Series Book 6)

????? Emotionally involved with the characters, you hope for a happy ending and prepare for the worst December 18, 2013

By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE

There is enough major trauma and emotional angst in this book to provide the initial threads for four novels. Mike is a physician and Lisa is a nurse that works in neonatal intensive care that grew up in an extremely abusive home. They meet and fall in love and have a wonderful relationship where the only problem is Lisa’s inability to conceive.

Disaster strikes when Mike is in an extremely serious auto accident and is comatose. The title is a reference to “locked-in syndrome” a medical condition where the patient is otherwise conscious but is completely unable to move anything other than his eyes. Since Mike is one of their own, the medical staff at Brier Hospital takes his case very personal. This is the first initial thread.

Meanwhile, Lisa’s pregnancy is a constant battle to keep her and the baby alive and together. As an experienced nurse of premature babies, Lisa knows very well the seriousness of her case. She is aided by her dear friend Phoebe but faces difficulties with Mike’s relatives. This is the second initial thread.

Harvey is Lisa’s obstetrician and his daughter Roberta has severe chemical dependency issues. Her problems, encounters with the legal system and Harvey’s reaction to it are the third initial thread.

Problem patients and malpractice threats are a part of the practice of medicine and Gold takes a brief tangential path down this thread as well. There are two instances where the medical people have to deal with the threat of a malpractice suit as well as the formal launching of one. This is the fourth potential thread.

In my work as a reviewer, I occasionally criticize authors for packing too many stories into their books. It tends to overload the reader and take away from what I often consider to be an excellent primary storyline that should be completely developed. That criticism is not valid here; Gold weaves all of them together so seamlessly that he has created a page-turner that kept me up very late at night. You find yourself deeply involved emotionally as you want something good to happen to these people that you empathize with.

While medical students suspect that every headache is a brain tumor and that every chest pain is a heart attack, experienced physicians know diseases along a spectrum of horror—the ones they dread the most. Among these are cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). As the list continues, we come upon locked-in syndrome, a neurologic disease where a victim is awake and alert, but cannot move or communicate due to paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes.

In Trapped, a Brier Hospital Series novel by Lawrence W. Gold, M.D., the reader enters the neonatal and the adult intensive care units. Medical fiction works, not only due to its intrinsic drama, but because of the crucial ethical issues that arise, especially in intensive care.

Lisa Cooke is the product of a passive mother and an abusive father.

She finds her way into pediatric nursing, a world filled with men in control, especially the director of the Neonatal ICU, Mike Cooper.

As Mike reminds Lisa of her father, it’s no surprise that they don’t get along.

Ultimately, they fall in love and have a fulfilling marriage except that she’s unable to have children. They try everything, but fail.

When an automobile accident severely injures Mike, Lisa is devastated.

Shortly afterward, she discovers that she’s pregnant.

Mike’s injuries are life threatening, and he nearly dies on several occasions.

Mike suffers from locked-in syndrome and his survival is constantly in jeopardy, as is Lisa’s pregnancy.

Will he/she/they survive?

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