345: Ties That Bind

345: Ties That Bind

Dec 14, 2007
A young girl named Sarah receives a heart transplant from a boy her age, and her mother sets off to find out more about the kid who saved her daughter's life. But years later, Sarah's not sure she wants to know.
Plus, a story by Jonathan Goldstein about a friendship gone awry in the town of Bedrock; it's unclear whether Fred and Barney will work it out.
  • Lucy, a 28-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis, meets the "Bike Girl," who has the same disease, in an Internet chatroom. They are both, against the advice of friends and doctors, trying to get pregnant, and they find that they have a lot in common. They quickly become friends, but can never meet in person, because the Bike Girl carries a bacteria in her lungs that is toxic to anyone with cystic fibrosis. (9 minutes)

    Hillary Frank wrote this story, which is a mixture of reported facts and fiction. It was inspired by the Third Coast International Audio Festival's 2007 public audio project, "Dollar Storeys," for which Hillary produced a three-minute version. FriendshipHealth Care/MedicineMilestones
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    • "Me and My Friend", Julie Doiron

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Sarah with her donor's mother.

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