Alex’s Father

Last Friday, September 19, Alex came back, but this time with his father. Dad had a CD4+ T-cell lymphocyte count of 28 on August 9. To say that 28 is low is an understatement. A normal CD4+ count in a healthy individual ranges between 500-1500. We addressed his medications, but father looked quite ill. This boy has really captivated the nurses and physicians. I think embedded in our concern for Alex, lies not only the human draw to preserving childhood innocence, but also some elements of hope and fear surrounding the outcome. Alex’s father’s death would leave him an orphan. But from what I can tell and in light of my previous posts, he will not be stranded.


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