How wonderful and poignant your writing style is… How it captivated me and brought me “inside the ropes” of your and Harry‘s incredible ordeal. You describe all the myriad of emotions you went through with such clarity and honesty, yet never to the point of being maudlin or self-serving. It is a touching tale of panic, fear, hope, faith, and victory!
L. BLAINE HAMMOND
Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Exquisitely written with uncommon grace and elegance, Back from Code Blue is a riveting, spellbinding, must read, page-turner. The July 23, 2009 letter written by Harrison, 14, to his dad Harry, after paramedics rushed Harry to the hospital, is a priceless testimonial of a son’s love, devotion, respect, admiration, affection, loyalty, commitment and gratitude to and for his dad. Code Blue should come with a warning disclaimer: any reader must remain tethered to a case of tissue to cope with a bucketload of tears that Back from Code Blue will elicit!
Back from Code Blue by Cathy White is the unique and inspiring account of Dr. Harry White’s journey from near fatal heart failure, through forty-four days of hospitalization, to his return to home, family, and full health. Readers experience Harry’s day-by-day traumas and successes through Cathy’s daily posts, the emails and messages received from friends around the world, and Cathy’s further reflections as she remembers those difficult days. The amazing support of friends, their prayers and offers of help, the genuinely funny texts which provided laughter in trying times, all these plus Harry’s own strength and determination contribute to his remarkable recovery. In the words of one of Harry’s friends,
“This has been some story! Non-fiction with ups and downs, tears and laughter, high suspense and sighs of relief . . . articulate daily first-person accounts of events, an incredible cast of characters that we’ve come to know and love, a courageous, inspiring hero along with a beautiful, astonishing heroine, plus the handsome, athletic son . . . The main themes include a love story, a hero’s journey, being touched by the Divine, prayers and angels, and the mystery: How could this happen to such a nice guy?”