The Chimera’s Child

The dead live in our hearts. Some of them live in our bodies, too

Victoria Barrett
Dec 31, 2019 · 7 min read
Illustration by Carmen Johns

TThe dead live in our hearts. Some of them live in our bodies, too.

When we learned our first child couldn’t survive her own gestation and birth, the choice was simple: abortion. Agonizing, painful, and deeply sad, but uncomplicated. Her brain wasn’t developing, her intestines were growing…