Review: The Unfinished Child

Angelique (Maple Books)

There’s nothing as terrifying as being told your newborn “will be sick a good deal and require special medical and nursing care, which cannot be given at home.” This is what Margaret Harrington from The Unfinished Child was told after her first baby was born in 1947. Though, little Carolyn wasn’t born with any immediately life-threatening birth defect. “I’m sorry to tell you that she is a mongoloid” said the doctor. In 1947, that meant Margaret’s daughter suffered from Down syndrome; and that might as well have been a death sentence.