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Broken Cord: A Family's Ongoing Struggle with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris is a collective memoir of Michael Dorris¿s life, and struggles through adopting a child as a single man. When Michael, a young Native American professor and author, finally decides he wants a child, he is told it may be difficult to adopt because he is a single man, but Michael puts the comments aside and tries anyways, and succeeds. However, when Michael takes his new Native American son home, he starts to notice that his son is a little slower on some things, but he still loves him dearly. When his son Adam, is about four years old, he begins to have seizures and Michael becomes worried, but the doctors all tell him that it is a mental problem, and put Adam on medication. However, the seizures continue and Adam becomes labeled as LD, which means learning disabled. After talking to many professionals, Michael discovers that Adam has FAS, or fetal alcohol syndrome. Michael also decides to adopt two other children, both of Native American descent: Sava, who he names after his old fishing partner in Alaska who has recently passed away, and Madeline. With three children, Michael has his hands full and is very busy, but still finds time to meet a woman and fall in love. In 1981, Michael marries Louise Erdrich, a fellow Native American researcher and author. And together they have two daughters: Pallas, and Persia. Michael continues his research on fetal alcohol syndrome, and looks for a cure to his son¿s horrible disease, but sadly there is no solution, his son will for ever be a handicap.