Chapter 16 Summary

Hema has fresh cow’s milk delivered to her house every morning; however, Ghosh will not let her give cow’s milk to the newborns, insisting they must stay on formula. Although Hema had felt certain Ghosh would leave Missing—and her—he has stayed and is as reliable and steady as he ever was. He carefully charts and graphs the “waning and disappearance” of the apnea incidents. Without him and his surprisingly meticulous record keeping, Hema would not have been courageous enough to eventually discontinue their nightly vigils. They have decided to keep the bracelet on Shiva’s ankle because it has come to represent his voice. Now, though, Hema realizes she will miss Ghosh’s constant presence in her home. She still argues...

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